Born in Cairo in 1981, Islam was admitted to the Cairo Conservatoire at the age of six. He studied violin with Professor Irakly Beridze and Professor Hassan Sharara. Mr. Elhefnawy received the Diploma Certificate in May 1997 with grade excellent and graduated in 2001 with grade excellent.
Islam Elhefnawy has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Cairo Opera Orchestra, Cairo Conservatoire Orchestra, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, and Alexandria Chamber Orchestra. He took part in several local and international competitions including the Wienianwsky and Libinsky International Competition for violinists in 1997 in Poland and the Jacques Thibaud International Competition in 1999 in Paris.