‘’Fled Syria And Found Refuge On The Stage. Mariela Shaker is singular. A virtuoso’’ --BuzzFeed.
- One Young World Peace Ambassador
- Anne Frank Honorary Award/New York
- Venues Award Inspirational Woman International
- Civitella Ranieri Director Guest of Residence/Italy
- Points of Light Ambassador
- UNHCR High Profile Supporter
- Creative Santa Fe Inaugural Award
- Women in Conflict Peace Fellowship/Scotland
- White House Champion of Change
- World Council of Arameans Peace Ambassador/Netherlands
Mariela Shaker is an accomplished Syrian violinist and award winning refugees advocate. She survived the war in Syria and the University of Aleppo attack in January 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 prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, United Nations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard among many others. Mariela presented at over than 80 venues since 2015 in Hong Kong, Netherlands, UK, Kuala Lumpur Geneva, UAE and all over the US. Mariela stands for the motivation and empowering of young women. With her music and her voice, Mariela is bringing awareness to young girls all over the world, showing them that everything is possible!
“I cannot thank you enough for your time and generosity on Monday night. The performance you gave was breathtaking and the stories you shared of your own experience as a refugee were an essential component to the evening’s success. Thank you for giving so generously of your time and talent.” – Cate Blanchett
“Mariela, you brought us to tears with the beauty of your music and purpose. We are in awe and can’t thank you enough for such a beautiful, heartfelt performance at our Conference in Detroit. I hope you will let us know how we can be helpful in your journey and look forward to keeping in touch. You inspired so many. Thank you!” – Tracy Hoover, CEO Chair, Points of Light
''I was touched by your willingness to discuss a difficult and emotional topic with eloquent and grace. By doing so, you helped demonstrate how important it is for the United States to accept and help Syrian refugees. The United States has only begun to benefit from the talents you brought to our country. US Senator Richard J. Durbin
“Mariela was FABULOUS! The girls and the faculty alike absolutely loved her and she was a definite inspiration to all.” – Linda Tonetti Dugan, Assembly Coordinator – The Ellis School
"What a truly wonderful performance you gave at the Hands Up for Syria event on Monday 9 May. Everything about it was perfect: your excellent selection of pieces; your tremendous musicality; and your very well-chosen words. Every Syrian in the room was proud to be represented by you and every non-Syrian had in you a tremendous example of how cultured, educated, skilled and charming the Syrian people are. Thank you so much for helping to make the evening such a success."
Wafiq Said, Karim Rida Said Foundation