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.