Eclectic violinist Briana Di Mara brings her love of the instrument and its soulful expression to every performance. She was trained in western classical music as a child and has since gone on to study and perform a wide variety of traditional styles including Celtic, Balkan, Turkish, Arabic and beyond. She harmoniously weaves these influences into her own unique sound and compositions. She is known for her evocative improvisations and skillful ability to play a broad range of genres from many different cultures.
She has performed and recorded with numerous projects, some of whom include Stellamara, Dirtwire, the National Arab Orchestra, Ali Paris, Beats Antique, Sharafat Parwani, Dan Cantrell, Moh Alileche, the legendary Lounès Kheloui, and many more! She has also collaborated with well known dancers such as Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Miriam Peretz and Jill Parker. These projects have led her to perform in a wide variety of venues, theaters and festivals around the globe, inspiring audiences with her expansive interpretation of world music and exciting interaction with dancers.
Her award-winning debut album "Haven" earned rave reviews and reflects the dynamic collaborations that she has built around her original compositions.
"Haven is a masterfully crafted album which is almost like a trip around the world, stuffed into one record." -Johnathan Robinson, Bucketlist Music
Briana also has an established teaching career both in her own private violin studio as well as various folk music education camps such as Lark Camp and Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino, CA. In the San Francisco Bay Area, she runs a summer day camp for kids, Camp Fiddle 'N Fun, and also a year round Fiddle Club dedicated to community service.