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Aaliyah

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About Aaliyah

London's most versatile violinist! I play a wide range of music from Bach and Mozart to Queen, The Beatles and Ed Sheeran.
Violinist
London

Aaliyah Booker is an award-winning violinist and scholar from McLean, Virginia. Booker made her solo debut with the McLean Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015 performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 26. She has since performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington Monument and Sheldonian Theatre. Booker graduated summa cum laude from The Hartt School, University of Hartford in 2019. That year, Booker was awarded the John G. Martin Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement and went on to pursue further study at the University of Oxford. She completed her MPhil in Music Performance with a distinction from the University of Oxford in 2021. Booker’s research focused on representation and equality in symphony orchestras. She was a key researcher in the Diversity and the British String Quartet project, which was awarded a grant from the University of Oxford’s Humanities Cultural Programme. In autumn 2021, Booker had engagements with the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors Ceremony at the University of Oxford and at the Barbican Centre in London. Now, Booker has a two year teaching fellowship at The Royal Academy of Music as a Junior Fellow for the First Strings Experience.

Aaliyah 's Reviews

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Christiana (
3 years ago

Aaliyah is a fabulous violinist! Her performance made my wedding day so special.

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Michelle
2 years ago

Phenomenal violinist. What an amazing performance of Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending, I was moved to tears.

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Aaliyah 's Song list

Bach: Partita No 2 in D Minor
Bach: Partita No 3 in E Major
Pachelbel: Canon in D
Schubert: Ave Maria
Franck: Panis Angelicus
Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Bruch: Violin Concerto
William Grant Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
Elgar: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Vaughan William: The Lark Ascending
Vivaldi: Spring from the Four Seasons
Vivaldi: Summer from the Four Seasons
Vivaldi: Autumn from the Four Seasons
Vivaldi: Winter from the Four Seasons
Elgar: Salut d’Amour
Massenet: Méditation from “Thaïs”
Mozart: Violin Concerto No 3 in G Major
Beethoven: Romance for Violin in F Major
Handel: Sonata No 3 in F Major
Handel: Sonata No 4 in D Major
Mozart: Sonata in E Minor
Vivaldi: Concerto in A Minor
Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor
Sinatra: You Only Live Twice
Etta James: At Last
Boccherini: String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11 No. 5, G. 275: III. Minuetto. Con un poco di moto
Corelli: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5 No. 12, "La Folia"
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer' - Finale
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta: Andante
Monti, V: Csárdás
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in G Major, K. 525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”: I. Allegro
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 3 in C Major, Op.76, Hob. III:77 “Emperor”: I. Allegro
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude (arr for solo violin)
Seitz: Violin Concerto No 5
Beethoven - Theme from Ode to Joy
Kreisler Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow) from 3 Old Viennese Dances
Ed Sheeran: Perfect
Queen: Don't Stop Me Now
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen: We are the Champions
Queen: Bicycle Race
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Mancini: Moon River
Shenandoah (traditional song)
Danny Boy (traditional song)
Michael Jackson: Thriller
The Beetles: Here Comes the Sun
The Beetles: Let It Be
The Beetles: Eleanor Rigby
The Beetles: All You Need is Love
The Beetles: Penny Lane
The Beetles: Help
The Beetles: I Want to Hold Your Hand
Harry Potter Theme
Game of Thrones Theme
Doctor Who Theme
Elvis: Can't Help Falling In Love
So This is Love
Beauty and the Beast
You've Got a Friend in Me
The Bare Necessities
Let It Go
Circle of Life
Part of Your World
Hakuna Matata
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

Aaliyah 's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love that I am a passionate performer, am versatile, open to requests and nice.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have played at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, Waterloo Station and Sheldonian Theatre.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Janine Jansen, Nicola Benedetti, Yo-Yo Ma, Freddie Mercury, Beyonce, Adele and Ed Sheeran - to name a fewツ

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

In June 2022, I was invited as a guest musician with the Decus Ensemble to play at the unveiling of the Windrush Memorial at Waterloo Station. We played a piece written by Shirley Thompson OBE and performed alongside Nadine Benjamin MBE. The performance was televised and The Prince and Princess of Wales were in attendance.

Do you have different line-up options?

N/a

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually need 30 minutes to set up. This includes unpacking my instrument, tuning my violin and setting up my music stand/sheet music.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes, of course. However, I am always happy to take requests.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! I bring my own equipment.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I can learn specific pieces before the event. There will be an additional £30 fee to account for the time to source and learn the music.
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Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Charity event, Corporate event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Burns night, Christmas party, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Instrumental teaching, Musicologist
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