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Born in Baghdad and raised in Amman, Jordan, Layth Al-Rubaye is a leading middle-eastern violinist on the worldmusic stage. Nurtured within a musical family, Layth began the violin at the age of four and quickly began a life love of music through recitals and performances experiences as a young soloist.
Classically trained under Timur Ibrahimov at the National Music Conservatory in Amman, he went on to study with Adrian Levine at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England. Layth continued his violin studies alongside world acclaimed Arab musician Simon Shaheen at Berklee College of Music. Graduating with the highest honors, Layth recieved a BMus in Violin performance and left Berklee with a wealth of lifelong collaborators.
A soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Layth has featured in numerous projects with Spanish producer Javier Limón, a Grammy Award winner and seven times Latin Grammy Award winning artist. Layth also featured on the Grammy nominated album, ‘The Voices of Afghanistan’ with Farida Mahwash, Humayoun Sakhi and on Jose Merce’s ‘Mi Unica Llave’.
Weaving his unique voice of refined classical and middle-eastern lyricism, Layth has made a global reputation for elegance in the performance of world music styles. Layth has enjoyed performances
alongside A R Rahman, Simon Shaheen, Ron Carter, Lalah Hathaway, Jorge Drexler, Ivan Lins, Lutfi Boushnaq, Raul Midon, Eric Whitacre, Mario Frangoulis and performances with Alejandro Sanz at the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards Gala. Layth continues to perform in festivals throughout Europe, US, and the middle east. He currently leads The Four Corners Quartet: a string quartet formed by members from Jordan, Palestine, US and UK. Performing diverse repertoire, the FCQ draw music inspiration from the cultures they represent.
Currently based in the US, Layth continues his career as an exceptional violinist, sharing his specialization through workshop, recordings and on-stage. When asked to reflect on life and music, Layth quoted violinist Ivry Gitlis; ''To be alive, to be aware, to hear, to know, to feel, to see, to love -- and to be loved a little bit sometimes''.