Barenboim-Said Akademie 

Private (state-approved) (Academy of Fine Arts)
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The Barenboim-Said-Akademie (short: BSA) is a music college in Berlin - Mitte . It is named after Argentine-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and American-Palestinian literary critic Edward Said . The main building is the former scenery depot of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, it is located in the adjacent area to the rear on Französische Straße. Ever since the renovation works were completed during 2014 and 2015, the building now has a lecture hall, several seminar rooms, 21 rehearsal rooms and, since March 2017, a chamber music hall, the main hall of the house , named after the French conductor Pierre Boulez . For talented young people from the Middle East and North Africa, the state-recognized Barenboim-Said Akademie offers a bachelor's degree in music. The rigorous curriculum also includes humanities and musicology. The academy's faculty includes internationally renowned artists. Aside from the bachelor's degree, the academy offers an artist diploma in all orchestral instruments, piano, and composition, which prepares musicians for a professional career. The pedagogical spirit of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim pervades the Barenboim-Said Akademie. Students learn to listen to one another and to come up with their own ideas. The goal is to train outstanding musicians who are also inquisitive and well-educated. The operational costs are borne by the Federal Government of Germany. The scholarships are provided by Germany's Foreign Ministry. The Barenboim-Said Akademie has a 99-year lease on the landmark building from the City of Berlin. All in all, Barenboim-Said Akademie offers an unprecedented conservatory education for talented, young musicians uniting intensive music performance studies with a grounding in the humanities.

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