Artist profiles: the Ayoub sisters

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The Ayoub sisters, Sarah and Laura, were born in Glasgow, Scotland to Egyptian immigrant parents. Initially, the siblings attended the Douglas Academy School of Music. Subsequently, Sarah completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Scotland (2010-2014) and Laura at the Royal College of Music (2013-2017).

Sarah (cello) and Laura (violin) Ayoub represent a new generation of classically trained musicians who blend Western classical music with other genres and traditions. They caught the eye of record producer Mark Ronson and the result was a debut album with the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra called “The Ayoub Sisters”, released in 2017.

The Ayoub Sisters (Decca) reached No. 1 on the Official UK Classical Artist Albums Chart and were nominated for a Classic Brit and Global Award.

The Ayoub sisters have performed across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia with highlights including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium, Cairo Opera House and Dubai Opera.

Sarah and Laura Ayoub have performed as soloists with some of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including collaborations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

The Sisters have collaborated with Grammy Award-winning a cappella group The Swingles and toured with choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Sarah and Laura received the Arab Woman of the Year award in 2019 for their achievements in cultural exchange and also received an award from Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for their achievements in music.

The sisters are also members of Chineke!, Europe’s first predominantly black, Asian and ethnically diverse orchestra.

In 2022, the Ayoub Sisters released an album called “Arabesque” which brilliantly blends classical Western, Middle Eastern, Celtic and other musical traditions.

Discography:

The Ayoub Sisters (Decca, 2017)
Arabesques (2022)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music for many years. He founded the sites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart. Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts and Music of the World.

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