Since 2016, the state-recognized Barenboim-Said Academy has been teaching talented young musicians, primarily from the Middle East and North Africa, in the pedagogical spirit of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. In addition to musical theory and practice, the intensive study program places a second emphasis on humanities topics. Students learn to listen to each other and develop their own ideas against a broad, interdisciplinary and transcultural educational background. Goal is to educate musically excellent, curious and reflective individuals.

World-renowned artists:inside form the faculty of our academy. In addition to the Bachelor’s degree, an Artist Diploma can be earned in all orchestral instrumental subjects as well as piano and composition. The Artist Diploma is a certificate program that prepares aspiring musicians for a professional career. A master’s degree program, also for all of the above-mentioned majors, is in preparation.

The Barenboim-Said Academy is also a lively place for artistic and intellectual exchange, for international encounters and debates, through the musical programs in the Pierre Boulez Hall designed by Frank Gehry and a variety of lectures, symposia and other events.

Parisa Saeednezhad, clarinet

Parisa Saeednezhad, born and raised in Tehran, studied her Bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. She completed her Master’s degree at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf and later earned her Artist Diploma at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin. She participated in various master classes with Charles Neidich, Giora Feidman, Daniel Barenboim and James Campbell, among others. She was a scholarship holder of various foundations including DAAD and Live Music Now Rhein Ruhr. In 2015 she won the DAAD prize and the audience award+2nd prize of the Schumann Video Competition. She played several times with different ensembles and orchestras as well as Boulez Ensemble, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Berliner Symphoniker and Ensemble Luminar. She was the clarinetist of Staatsbad Philharmonie Kissingen in 2019 and has been a member of West Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim since 2018, with whom she has participated in Europe and US tour in famous halls as well as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms in London), etc. In November and December 2022 Parisa Saeednezhad also taught the clarinet students of the Barenboim-Said Academy as an assistant to her former professor, Matthias Glander. 

George Banos, violin

George (Georgios) Banos was born in July 1999 in Athens, Greece. He began his violin studies at the age of 6. He has studied in Athens, Greece (2005–2014) with professors N. Sarandithou, D.Semsis, V.Pappas, in Innsbruck (2014–2015) with professor Christos Kanettis (Innsbruck Landeskonservatorium) and in Vienna (2015–2018) with Professor Lucia Hall (J. S. Bach Musikschule). Until the age of 14 he gave solo recitals and performed with distinguished Greek orchestras like Athens Camerata (2010) and Orchestra of Colours (2012) in Music Halls like Athens Megaron, Onassis Stegi, etc. He is also a member (and concertmaster) of Greek Youth Symphony Orchestra since its foundation (2017), performing  as a soloist too, under the distinguished Greek maestro and clarinetist D. Grammenos.

In 2018 he was accepted in for Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUC) Bachelor studies with violinist and Professor Pavel Vernikov and also in Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, Germany, where he was enrolled in October 2018 with a full scholarship, with Prof. Mihaela Martin and later with Prof. Michael Barenboim. 

Assif Binness, cello

Born in Israel. Attended Givatayim conservatory at age 5, under Prof. Shmuel Magen. Later he studied in Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. from 2015–2018 studied with Prof. Hillel Zori at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. In 2022 finished his Bachelor’s degree studies with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim- Said Akademie. Assif was a participant of the David Goldman music program. Assif played as the principal cellist of the YIPO, the Buchmann-Mehta school of music symphony orchestra and is part of the LGT young soloists. Nowadays he plays as the assistant principal cellist at the West-Eastern Divan orchestra of Daniel Barenboim and as an academy cellist for the Staatskapelle Unter Den Linden Berlin. Prizes he has won include Aicf scholarship, scholarships from Givatayim conservatory, scholarship from the IPO, First prize in the string and chamber music competitions of the Buchman-Mehta school, second prize in the Paul Ben-Haim competition He participated in Keshet Eilon and the Heifetz institute masterclasses.

Itai Navon, piano

Pianist Itai Navon is performing frequently as a soloist and a chamber musician in many concert halls across Europe, including Konzerthaus Berlin, Pierre Boulez Saal, Wigmore Hall, Beethovenhaus Bonn and more. He appeared with orchestras such as the Israel Camerata, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and in music festivals such as Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Bath Music Festival, Musikfestspiele Saar and Aspen Music Festival and School. At the invitation of pianist Sir András Schiff, Itai Navon appeared in the Building Bridges series of concerts throughout Europe in the 2018/19 season. In 2021 he participated in a series of filmed masterclasses with Daniel Barenboim on Beethoven solo piano and cello sonatas. Born in Jerusalem in 1996, Itai Navon began his piano studies with Esther Narkiss at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and continued with Emanuel Krasovsky in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv. Itai is a graduate of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, where he studied from 2018–2022 with Sir András Schiff. Currently, Itai is studying in the Sir András Schiff Performance Programme for Young Pianists at the Kronberg Academy. He has received valuable advice from renowned pianists such as Murray Perahia, Emanuel Ax, Angela Hewitt, Jonathan Biss, Robert Levin, and more. Itai is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and Szloma-Albam-Stiftung.