London based violinist Zara Benyounes has a diverse playing career,
performing extensively as a chamber, orchestral and recording musician.
Zara Benyounes enjoys an international career as a chamber, orchestral and recording musician. She is the first violinist and founding member of the prize-winning Benyounes Quartet with whom she has performed and recorded for over 13 years. The quartet's discography ranges from collaborative projects with acclaimed artists such as pianist Jeremy Young and award-winning Jazz ensemble Empirical to their most recent album of string quartets 'Innovators' for Champs Hill Records. Numerous accolades include prizes at international competitions and awards such as the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship.
Further experience as a chamber musician has led to working alongside internationally renowned artists such as Nicky Spence, Tim Ridout, 12 Ensemble, Gareth Hulse and Julian Bliss, and as soloist she has performed with the BBC Singers live on Radio 3.
Zara regularly guests as co-leader with leading UK ensembles including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBCNOW, London Contemporary Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
'..masterful and totally engaging..'
Principal teachers have included Maciej Rakowski, Andras Keller and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. As a teacher herself, Zara teaches violin and chamber music, and she has given masterclasses at conservatoires and universities across the UK and Ireland.
Equally at home in the recording studio, Zara spends much of her career working for film, TV and record producers at major London studios such as Abbey Road, AIR and RAK. She has recorded for a multitude of commerical artists primarily as part of Wired Strings. She has performed live at the Royal Albert Hall with Michael Kiwanuka, Stereophonics, Goldfrapp, Boy George and Bjork and live on 'Later with Jools Holland', The Brits and for London Fashion Week.
Zara's surname is of Arabic origin and pronounced 'Ben-you-nes'. She plays on a beautiful 1682 Nicolo Amati kindly made available to her from the Boucher Trust.