Saida Bar Lev, violin
Saida Bar Lev grew up in Switzerland and began studying the violin at the age of 8 with Margarita Karafilova. At 14 she entered the Lausanne Conservatory, where she studied with Christine Sorensen. A year later she joined the violin class of Prof. Tibor Varga and performed with him in several chamber concerts at his summer festival in Switzerland. In 1988, Saida won the First Prize at the Jeunesse Musicale Competition in Lausanne. Bar-Lev has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Switzerland, including the Swiss Italian Radio Orchestra and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. In 1990, Saida settled in Israel where she studied with Haim Taub. Soon after, she joined the First violins section of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In Israel she has appeared as soloist with the Ramat Gan Chamber Orchestra and the Tel Aviv University Orchestra and has appeared in chamber concerts with members of the IPO in Israel and abroad. She has also appeared in many recitals in Switzerland and Germany with her father, pianist Assaf Bar Lev.