About

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.