Mariela Shaker

Mariela Shaker is an accomplished Syrian violinist who survived the war in Syria based on a music scholarship in Monmouth College, 2013. Unable to return back home, she applied for asylum in the United States and received another scholarship for pursuing master’s in music performance at DePaul University. Now she is using her music to build bridges and raise awareness of the plight of the Syrian people. Shaker has performed at the Kennedy Center, for members of Congress, and was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change. She recently performed and spoke at the United Nations, UNHCR, Aspen Ideas Festival and Harvard University among many others.  She has been profiled by The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Buzz Feed and The Washington Post. Mariela’s passion is to deliver a message of peace and love through music. Though her own family has no electricity and many times she is unable to have contact, she perseveres for this noble cause.