Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award-Winning violinist/producer/humanitarian, “UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music to the United Nations Associations of Brazil,” featured blogger for the Huffington Post and CEO of the non-for-profit organization GEDENK. Originally from Israel, has created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip-Hop, soul and dance. A classically trained violinist, who once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern, Ben-Ari has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, and Armin Van Buuren.
Ben-Ari is the CEO and co- founder of GEDENK, a not-for-profit organization that promotes tolerance to young people with creative programs, currently in a fourth year partnership with Scholastic Art & Writing Award for a national program in middle schools and high schools all across America. Among Ben-Ari’s accolades are the “Grammy Award” for “Best Rap Song” in 2004 (songwriter along with Kanye West), an “Apollo Legend” by the Apollo theater in New York City, “International Jewish Woman To Watch”, “Humanitarian Award” by the Jewish Federation, the “Martin Luther King Award” from Israeli President, Shimon Peres, “Remarkable Woman” by First Lady, Michelle Obama , “Girl Up Advocate Award” from the United Nations Foundation and the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” be Neco.