Lili Haydn brings fresh energy and a collaborative spirit to the violin.

Why you should listen

Rolling Stone called her music "fiery and virtuosic," and George Clinton called her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Lili Haydn’s four critically acclaimed records have been a favorite on public radio and featured in TV and film. She has collaborated with and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sting and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars, to name a few. Haydn is also a film composer, with twelve feature films and documentaries to her scoring credit. She is the recipient of a Film Composing Fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Film Institute, and she has collaborated with renowned composers on films like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Town.

A humanitarian and activist, Haydn performs regularly for human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Global Security Institute (for whom she performed a concert at the UN).

Watch Haydn's performances and talks from TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen and TEDxOjai.

Lili Haydn’s TED talk

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Live from TED2018

Personally speaking: Notes from Session 10 of TED2018

April 14, 2018

​Sketches that speak volumes. When illustrator Christoph Niemann wakes up after falling asleep on an airplane, he says, “I have the most terrible taste in my mouth that cannot be described with words … But it can be drawn.” Then he shows a spot-on sketch of an outstretched tongue with a dead-fish-rat-hybrid creature on it. […]

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