Mariela Shaker

Accomplished Violinist & College Professor

Mariela Shaker

Accomplished Violinist & College Professor

Mariela Shaker

‘’Fled Syria And Found Refuge On The Stage. Mariela Shaker is singular. A virtuoso’’ — BuzzFeed.

Mariela Shaker, born 1990 in Aleppo, Syria, started playing the violin after joining the Arabic Institute of Music in Aleppo 1999. She graduated from the institute in 2004 with distinction. Mariela was always a very active performer in Syria and has taken part in many festivals and concerts in Aleppo including a solo violin recital in the Directory of Culture and in the St. Ephrem Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in 2008. Mariela also has received many accolades while in Syria and was invited to participate in the Dubai Arabian Competition and to play with the Emirate Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mariela taught the violin for five years at the Arabic Institute of Music until she auditioned in London in 2011 and subsequently received an offer to complete her music studies in the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music. In 2013, Mariela survived the war in Syria after receiving a full-tuition scholarship to attend Monmouth College and to study Music Performance for her second Bachelor’s degree. She previously received her first Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Aleppo University. Prior to just graduating from Monmouth College, Mariela received an honor for excellence in music performance. From 2013 to 2015, she served as concertmaster for the Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra. Mariela has also been awarded a full-tuition academic scholarship to study for her Master’s in Music Performance at DePaul University and graduated in 2017.

Mariela Shaker

Mariela Shaker is an accomplished Syrian violinist and award winning refugees advocate. She survived the war in Syria in 2013 after receiving a scholarship to continue her music studies in the US. Mariela was named a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama in 2015 and was appointed UNHCR High Profile Supporter. Since then she received many awards such as Anne Frank Honorary in 2018 and Points of Light Award in 2017. She performed at over than 80 prestigious venues all over the world to spread peace.

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