GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING VIOLINIST JUGGLES A SUCCESSFUL MUSIC CAREER, AND HUMANITARIAN WORK FOR THE U.N.
Miri Ben-Ari was born in Israel, a veteran of the Israeli Army, and a classically trained musician. She won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song as one of the co-writers of Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks”. Miri not only bridges the gap between music genres, she is also the Goodwill Ambassador of Music to the United Nations. Miri is also the CEO of the non-for-profit organization Gedenk, which promotes Holocaust awareness and tolerance to young people.
Miri received many accolades over the years including her Grammy Award for the “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.
The Original “Hip Hop Violinist”
Miri Ben-Ari created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip-Hop, soul and dance. She once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern, and has now helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists including Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, Diamond Platnumz, and Armin Van Buuren.
Miri has also been the face of many promotional campaigns, including Reebok, Vodafone, Pepsi , Coca-Cola and Harman Kardon.