Miri Ben Ari

Miri Ben-Ari is the first (and only) violinist to win a Grammy in the Hip Hop category, becoming the first violinist-featured musician and producer in many popular Hip Hop, Latin, EDM, and Afrobeat songs. Miri’s music production can be heard in over 100 hit songs. She has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy Award Winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Akon, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, Fetty Wap, and Armin Van Buuren. Her album “The Hip Hop Violinist” Universal Records features many collaborations.


Miri is an entrepreneur, “UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music” to the United Nations, and a TED speaker. Originally from Israel, she once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern and went on to create a unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical, hip-hop and dance music recognized as a musical pioneer. Her endorsement deals and campaigns include Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Reebok, and Harman Kardon. She was featured in many commercial songs in different musical genres. “Overnight Celebrity” (Twista), “Jesus Walks” (Kanye West), “Live it Up” (John Legend), “Intense” (Armin Van Buuren), Jose (Aventura), Baila (Diamond Platnumz), and recently “Symphony of Brotherhood Rise” (Dr. King/Flo Rida).


Among her accolades are the Grammy Award for “Best Rap Song”, an “Apollo Legend” by the Apollo Theater in New York City, “International Jewish Woman to Watch,” the “Martin Luther King Award” from Israeli President Shimon Peres, “Remarkable Woman” by First Lady, Michelle Obama, “Girl Up Advocate Award” from the United Nations Foundation, and the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” by Neco.

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