Karim Ayala Pool

2019 Round Top Music Festival

Tampa, Florida
University of South Florida
Born in the city of Merida, Mexico, Karim Ayala started to play the violin at the age of 9. Karim was a member of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, being the youngest member ever to join the professional ensemble. He also was a member and rotating concert master with the National Youth Orchestra of Mexico, has performed with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed the Scheherazade soli with the Round Top Festival Orchestra in 2016. As a soloist, Karim has performed several times with the Yucatan Youth Orchestra, the Yucatan Superior Arts University Orchestra, and the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. As part of his musical education, Karim has studied with several internationally acclaimed artists such as the violinist Iliana Stefanova, Christopher Collins Lee, Dr. Felix Olschofka and Professor Katrin Ten Hagen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany, and with Professor Julia Bushkova at the University of North Texas.
Currently he is and active performer with multiple orchestras in Texas and Florida and he is the Graduate Assistant Instructor at University of South Florida under Professor Carolyn Stuart.