Layale’s first encounter with music came through piano and voice, but she soon fell in love with the violin, starting studies at age 8 at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon. After graduating with a literature and philosophy degree in Beirut, she later pursued her musical studies at the Conservatoire de Paris-CRR, Columbia University in New York, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London ; and is currently working towards her doctoral degree at Ecole des Hautes Etudes-EHESS in Paris. Her mentors include Mohamed Hashem, Carmen Scripcariu, Jeanne-Marie Conquer, Jackie Walduck and Julian West.
Layale has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia, performing in Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, Switzerland, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia and Argentina, as well as in several festivals, namely Alderburgh Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Impuls’ Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn and Avignon Festival among others.
This season’s highlights include a premiere work for solo violin and orchestra in Oxford, workshop-leading and performances at Université de Bordeaux, Sorbonne-Université, MUCEM Museum, Walton Theatre, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Konzerthaus Berlin, a premiere of her string trio by members of New World Symphony in Miami, as well as the debut tour with her own ensemble, Sarafand, across Germany, France, the UK and the USA.
As a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan, she performs around the year in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Colon, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie de Paris, Salzburg Festspiele and der Philharmonie Berlin among others.
Her compositions include works for solo instrumentation, chamber music, symphony orchestra, string orchestra, electronics, as well as several pieces for dance and film.