Barenboim tops out his Berlin Middle East academymain
The German Culture Minister Monika Grütters joined Daniel Barenboim at the topping-out ceremony of his orchestral academy, calling the project ‘a small contribution to the peace process in the Middle East’. The German government is pumping in 20 million Euros out of a total construction cost of 33.7m.
The building, designed by Frank Gehry, is on the site of a former warehouse of the Staatsoper on Unter den Linden. Due to open in 15 months’ time, it will house 100 students from the Middle East for a 3-year degree course in music and philosophy.