A versatile violinist, Insia Malik began her music career in the worlds of classical and contemporary music, playing with groups such as the Chelsea Symphony and Mimesis Ensemble. Her musical encounters have unfolded at off-Broadway theaters, restaurants, and venues as varied as Le Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, Bowery Poetry Club, Joe’s Pub, Steinway Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a living room near you.
Pursuing serious study of the Arabic violin with prominent New York-based master musicians Simon Shaheen and Bassam Saba, Insia’s musical inclinations have expanded to include the performance of Middle Eastern music. She has performed with the New York Arabic Orchestra at venues such as Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Detroit Symphony Hall, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. She currently appears regularly with the Detroit-based National Arab Orchestra, an ensemble bringing together musicians from across the country to present traditional repertoire. Insia’s interactions with the rich musical traditions of the Middle East have opened her up to diverse artistic projects that draw on far-flung idioms, improvisation, and innovative modal and rhythmic colors.
A graduate of New York University, Insia completed double bachelor degrees in Violin Performance (in the studio of Gregory Fulkerson) and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies in 2010. Insia is currently a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Insia teaches violin to students of all levels and ages, having experience in both group classes and private lessons.