I have followed the events of the weekend with horror and the utmost worry as I see the situation in Israel/Palestine worsening to unimaginable depths. Hamas’ attack on the Israeli civilian population is an outrageous crime which I condemn fiercely. The death of so many in southern Israel and Gaza is a tragedy that will loom for a long time to come. The extent of this human tragedy is not only in lives lost but also hostages taken, homes destroyed, and communities devastated. An Israeli siege on Gaza constitutes a policy of collective punishment, which is a violation of human rights.
Edward Said and I always believed that the only path to peace between Israel and Palestine is a path based on humanism, justice, equality and an end to the occupation rather than military action, and I find myself today grounded in this belief more strongly than ever. In these trying times and with these words I stand in solidarity with all victims and their families.
Daniel Barenboim, Founder and President
October 10, 2023
As soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists, and coaches, faculty at the Barenboim-Said Akademie are internationally-renowned performers and experienced pedagogues. Among their many affiliations are orchestras such as the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Berlin Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayreuther Festspielorchester, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and others.
There is no way around Beethoven for any young pianist. While concert halls around the world remained dark during the 2020–21 lockdown, Daniel Barenboim worked on the composer’s 32 piano sonatas with students and alumni of the Barenboim-Said Akademie as well as other rising young artists—passing on more than 60 years of experience performing these works. The full series of masterclasses, filmed at the Pierre Boulez Saal, is now being released to mark Maestro Barenboim’s 80th birthday in November 2022. This video series is available exclusively to members of Pierre Boulez Saal Online.