• BIOGRAPHY

biography

Described by the press in three continents as a “virtuoso” (Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania, Frankfurt Neue Presse in Germany, Time Out Magazine and The National in the UAE, Lokal-Nachrichten in Bern, Switzerland), a “deeply gifted artist” (Ft. Lauderdale Connex in Florida) and “one of the youngest and most talented ambassadors of the violin in the world” (Live Out Loud Magazine in Los Angeles, California) Aisha became the first latina to attend the child prodigy Yehudi Menuhin School in England where she also studied at the Royal College of Music with a full scholarship by the Soirée d’Or committee.

She has performed all around the world as a soloist in places such as the Luxembourg Palace in Paris, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, the Palace of the Grand Dukes in Vilnius, the Palacio de Linares in Madrid, the Fontainebleau Palace in Fontainebleau, the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius, the headquarters of the Organization of American States in Washington DC, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Kauffman Hall in New York, the Clairmont Hall in Tel‐Aviv, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Florida, the Yehudi Menuhin Forum in Bern, the Barocksaal in Vienna among many other halls. She has also performed as a soloist in many festivals including the Abu Dhabi Music Festival, the Banstead Arts Festival, the Leamington Hastings festival, the Yehudi Menuhin International Music Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, the Santo Domingo Music Festival, the Gaida Contemporary Music Festival (where she gave the world premiere of the Alguirdas Martinaitits violin concerto, dedicated to her, at the National Philharmonic Hall with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius), at the CICA International Music Festival in Texas and at the Fontainebleau Summer Music Festival by personal invitation of its Artistic Director Phillipe Entremont.

She has performed as a soloist with the Symphony of the Americas, the Kristóforo Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, the Dominican Symphony Orchestra, the CICA International Music Festival Symphony Orchestra among others. She has worked with a number of conductors such as James Brooks, Carlos Piantini, Phillip Entremont, José Antonio Molina, Alvaro Manzano, Mstlav Rostropovich and many others. Aisha Syed has won numerous prizes including three Premio soberano Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as Classical Artist Abroad, the Casandra Award 2009 as Classical Artist Abroad, the Latin Pride National Award 2009 in Boston MA, USA, the Game Changer Award by the Keep Walking worldwide campaign in 2014 and many others. In 2014 she was made the youngest ever Honorary Professor of the Arts Faculty at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, which was founded in 1538. In May 2015 she became along with conductor Gustavo Dudamel an Ambassador for LEALA which was founded to promote the Spanish language and Latin American culture across the United States. In 2010 she co-founded in the Dominican Republic the Music for Life Foundation, which seeks to bring classical music to those whom for social, economic, or health reasons cannot access it.

The violins she performs on are the extraordinary 1690 “Stephens” Stradivarius and an Antonius Pelizon violin both kindly provided by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. Aisha is currently on her East to West World Tour  with which she will perform in Europe, Latin America, the United States and the Middle East throughout the 2017/18 concert season. Aisha is a devout Christian and dedicates all her performances to God.