Tunisian violinist, Yasmine Azaiez began the violin at age 4 and by age 8 gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London, UK. At age 17 Yasmine won second place at the Sevenoaks “Young Musician of the Year” violin competition, where she was described as having “immense talent”, an “excellent and exciting professional approach,” and a “uniquely amazing stage presence full of charm” by a jury comprised of Royal College of Music professors. A year later she moved to the New England Conservatory in Boston. Joe Morris wrote in an article, “She is a classical virtuoso and the greatest free improvising violinist I have ever heard.”
Yasmine has played many benefit concerts in New York and Tunisia to raise money for impoverished villages in her country, and hopes to create her own charity that raises money through music.
She has participated in many Ted Talks in Tunisia which was focused on inspiring women in the Arab world. As an educator, Yasmine aspires to develop improvisation programs in schools and universities far classical musicians. She has already given masterclasses to students of the lnstitute of Music in Tunisia, and at MIT in Massachusetts.
At her young age, Yasmine Azaiez has recently created the ‘Yasmine Azaiez Academy’ in Tunisia. This project is extremely important in helping to inspire the young musicians to have ambition to become soloists and orchestra players not only in Tunisia, but overseas.