Pierre Boulez Saal, public face of Barenboim-Said Akademie, announces inaugural season

The Pierre Boulez Saal, a new concert hall in Berlin, announces its inaugural season. 

“We want to bring you close to extraordinary music of many different kinds, performed by some of today’s finest musicians,” note Daniel Barenboim and Ole Bækhøj, Founder and Director of the Pierre Boulez Saal. “And we want to do this in an intimate setting that will allow you to listen closely – a place where contemporary music thrives and naturally co-exists with the Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, where world premieres will share the stage with Arab music, jazz, lectures and more.”

As the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, the Pierre Boulez Saal will be a place where creation and education meet. This unique enterprise – a school rooted in humanism and a hall built to artistically express it – grew from a visionary collaboration with the great Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The hall will feature performances by academy students and faculty as well as artists from around the world.

The hall resonates with Pierre Boulez’s “lifelong desire to learn and to discover,” say Barenboim and Bækhøj. “He was curious and open-minded. He believed that if you invest yourself in learning about music you will have a fuller listening experience. We hope that his spirit will live on in this new hall and that anything we experience there will help all of us and future generations to be curious and open-minded, with a desire to listen, to learn, and to discover. We invite you to celebrate ‘music for the Thinking Ear’ with us.”