Layth Sidiq

Layth Sidiq

Contact Info:
Department of Music
Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155


Office Hours:
By appointment

Lecturer of Music, Arab Music Ensemble

M.M., Berklee Global Jazz Institute (2016)
B.M., Berklee College of Music (2014)

Layth Sidiq is an award-winning violinist, composer and educator. Born in Iraq and raised in Jordan, Layth picked up the violin at the age of four and started his musical training at the National Music Conservatory with Timur Ibrahmiov, and later at the Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, U.K.

Upon graduation, Layth moved to Boston to pursue his college education at Berklee College of Music where he received a full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a bachelor degree and later, a masters degree from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute where he was mentored by artists such as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington and Joe Lovano.

During his career, Layth had the honor of performing all around the world as well as working with many acclaimed artists, including Simon Shaheen, Danilo Perez, Javier Limon, Jack Dejohnette, Jose Merce, Shankar Mahadevan, Gary Burton and A.R Rahman, to name a few. He has also recorded on Grammy nominated albums and performed both as a leader and as a sideman in venues like the Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as the Abu Dhabi Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the WOMEX festival and the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival and premiered his original compositions at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016. And in 2018, Layth participated in the Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition in Poland, where he won 2nd place and got a chance to perform his original compositions on an international stage and bring attention to his cultural and musical background.

Layth is now based in Boston where he is the director of both the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University and the Center for Arabic Culture's Youth Orchestra Program, and he is also a faculty member at Simon Shaheen's annual Arabic Music Retreat in Massachusetts.