The Pierre Boulez Saal is the new concert hall in Berlin, founded by Daniel Barenboim and designed by Frank Gehry. Its oval shape and its diverse variability distinguish it from most other chamber music halls.
The Pierre Boulez Saal is part of the conversion of the former stage depot of the State Opera Unter den Linden, the Magazin, into the Barenboim-Said Akademie. The wood-clad hall has flexible seating configurations for up to 700 people over two levels that surround the musicians on all sides. The upper level is a set of two oval shaped, column free, sloping balconies, which are rotated slightly against the axis of the oval stage, enhancing the sight lines.
The Barenboim-Said Akademie (BSA) was created in the spirit of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, established in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the late American-Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said.
The Pierre Boulez Saal is a place where creation and education meet. It is where the ideal of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, education through music, will find resonance. While providing a space for students and faculty to perform, the hall will also host conferences and academic events. In the spirit of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a bridge between communities from the middle east, the academy is a vibrant house of learning and a vital investment in the future of music and our global community.
The program of the first season is an homage to the profound musical curiosity of Pierre Boulez, the French composer, director and innovator. The concerts will present masterpieces of the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire as well as new productions and world premieres, jazz and music from the Middle East and North Africa. Honoring Franz Schubert´s 220nd anniversary, Daniel Barenboim will play all piano sonatas and, together with the Staatskapelle Berlin, all of his symphonies.