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 the Hip Hop category, and the first to be featured on hits songs and music videos in Hip Hop, Latin, EDM ,and Afrobeats music. She received dozens of awards, performed at the White House, and founded “Gedenk” a Holocaust awareness organization promoting tolerance to the youth.
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.
Miri’s recent collaboration with African artist Diamond Platnumz entitled “Baila” has garnered over 10 million views and won “Best Collaboration” award at the 2019 African Entertainment Awards USA. In 2020 she teamed up with a Nigerian producer to create Afrostringz, Mixing African music with the sound of Strings.