The Barenboim-Said Foundation was established in 2003 by late Palestinian intellectual and scholar, Edward Said, and the renowned pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim. The founders believed that music enhances human life and, through the creation of the Foundation, they aimed to make classical music education accessible to Palestinian children and young adults. Through its activities at the Music Center in Ramallah, the Foundation focuses on Palestinian children and young adults regardless of their social or economic background and offers the highest level of education. The foundation has an eight-year curriculum that enables students to continue classical music studies at a higher level. The Barenboim-Said Foundation offers the following types of classes and performance opportunities: ? Individual instrumental lessons in a wide range of instruments including violin, viola, cello, piano, clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon and trumpet. All instrumental students attend weekly music theory and music history classes as well Early music education and music appreciation in local schools Singing lessons and choir practice Youth orchestra and chamber music workshops The chance to perform in concerts at the Music Center and in the surrounding area Talented students are automatically enrolled in the Foundation’s “Young Talents” concert series which takes place in Ramallah Opportunities to participate in international music programs, summer camps and other exchange programs with young European and other international musicians ? The Barenboim-Said Foundation partners with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society in running a music kindergarten for children based on Daniel Barenboim's concept of "education through music." It also manages a music education project in the village of Beit Reema. The Foundation seeks to enrich the cultural life in Palestine through the organization of music appreciation concerts. In addition to frequent concerts performed by its highly-qualified teachers, world-renowned musicians are invited to perform in Ramallah.
Edward W. Said
was born in 1935 in Jerusalem. He was raised in Cairo, and studied in the United States at Princeton and Harvard. In 1963, Edward W. Said began his teaching career at Columbia University in New York, where he held the preeminent position of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature until his death in 2003.   Edward W. Said wrote more than 20 books, which have been translated into 30 languages. His ground-breaking work “Orientalism” opened up new horizons in the study of post-colonialism. Edward W. Said was active in the editorial committees of numerous magazines and journals and lectured at more than 200 universities in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. A gifted pianist, he also was the music critic for The Nation for many years. In the political sphere, Edward W. Said was a major voice on the situation in Palestine and an unflinching proponent of justice and self-determination for all. Edward W. Said was the president of the Modern Language Association as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature, the American Philosophical Society, and Honorary Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He also was a member of the executive board of PEN International until 1998. Since Edward Said’s death, his widow Mariam C. Said has been actively involved in the running of the Barenboim-Said Foundation Ramallah and she is the Vice President of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA. ? “Separation between peoples is not a solution for any of the problems that divide peoples. And certainly ignorance of the other provides no help whatever. Cooperation and coexistence of the kind that music lived as we have lived, performed, shared and loved it together, might be.” “Humanism is the only, and I would go as far as to say the final resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history.”
Daniel Barenboim
is the General Music Director of the Staatsoper in Berlin, a post he has held since 1992. In 2011, he was appointed to the same position at La Scala in Milan. Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942.   At the age of five, he started piano lessons with his mother. Later, he also studied with his father. Barenboim gave his first public concert at the age of seven in Buenos Aires; he made his international debut as solo pianist in Vienna and Rome at the age of ten. As a nine-year-old, he moved to Israel with his family. “The eleven-year-old Barenboim,” said the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler at the time, “is a phenomenon.” Between 1975 and 1989, Daniel Barenboim acted as principal conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. From 1981 to 1999, he conducted in Bayreuth, and from 1991 through June of 2006, he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, the orchestra members named him honorary conductor, and in Berlin the Staatsoper unter den Linden appointed him a principal conductor for life. In 2006, Barenboim held the Norton Lectures at Harvard University, which have been published as Music Quickens Time, one of his many books.   Together with Edward Said, he co-authored Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society. His musical oeuvre has been documented in over 500 audio and video recordings. ? "Great music is the result of concentrated listening - every musician listening intently to the voice of the composer and to each other. Harmony in personal or international relations can also only exist by listening, each party opening its ears to the other's narrative or point of view." 
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