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October 27, 2021

From being bullied to winning a Grammy, what does it take to follow a dream and create something new? "Dare to be creative, dare to think outside of the box, the violin box," says Miri Ben-Ari. Learn about six traits you must have when pursuing a new idea and how Miri Ben-Ari was able to transform the classical violin to a featured instrument in Hip Hop, EDM, and Afrobeats, collaborating with some of the biggest artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Aventura, Armin Van Buuren, and Diamond Platnumz.

Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Winner violinist-producer, originally from Israel, who created her own unique sound: a fusion of classical, Hip Hop, and dance music, recognized as a musical pioneer. A Grammy Winner violinist/producer/humanitarian, “Goodwill Ambassador of Music” to the United Nations, originally from Israel, has created her own unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip Hop, and dance music. She is recognized as a musical pioneer.
This classically trained violinist, who once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern, Ben-Ari 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, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, Fetty Wap, Armin Van Buuren, and Diamond Platnumz. Her album "The Hip Hop Violinist"/ Universal Records features many of these collaborations. Miri Ben-Ari paved the way for future generations, she is the first (and only) violinist to win a Grammy in Hip Hop category, and the first to be featured on hits songs and music videos in Hip Hop, Latin, EDM, and Afrobeats music. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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