Ara Malikian is an armenian violinist with an intriguing story of success.
Malikian learned how to play violin with his father when he was a kid. Born in 1968, he experienced the lebanese war at a young age, where his musical talent was discovered. There, he was forced to practice for long periods of times in anti-aircraft shelters.
Ara won a scholarship from the German government to study in "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hannover after an astonishing performance at age 12. He was therefore, the youngest student in the university. He continued his education in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he was privileged to learn from the most renowned instructors on the planet such as Franco Gulli, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis, Herman Krebbers or members from the Alban Berg Quartet.
His career path has been outstanding, having performed in the best concert halls all over the world; in more than 40 countries and all 5 continents. In fact, he competed internationally winning more than 8 prizes in 5 years in Spain, Italy, France, Yugoslavia, New York and Japan. He also won the "Prize for dedication and artistic fulfillment" in 1993 from the Ministry of Culture of Germany.
He performed as a solo violin in the most important Orchestras on the planet; in Tokyo, Genoa, Madrid, Portugal, Bamberg, Tubinger, Toulouse, among others. Furthermore, he was under the cudgel of renowned directors worldwide such as Mariss Janssons, Peter Maag, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Vladimir Spivakov, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez , Luis Antonio García Navarro, Vassili Sinaisky, Edmond de Stoutz, Gudni Emilson, and Juan José Mena.
Malikian and Spain
Ara Malikian was exceptionally fruitful in Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Teatro Real de Madrid) where he performed doing a solo of Le boeuf sur le toit by Darius Milhaud. the adaptation for violin and orchestra was under the heading of Gómez Martínez and the violin Concert and ensemble in D minor for Khachaturian under the direction of Jesús López Cobos.
He has partaken in the celebration "Caprichos Musicales de Comillas", in Cantabria, in all versions from 2004 to 2016, and has been co-executive with cellist Serguei Mesropian.
His nearby coordinated effort with José Luis Montón, one of the most extraordinary flamenco guitarists today, has opened another way in contemporary Spanish music.
He has additionally teamed up with the Lebanese artist Fairuz, the flamenco artists Joaquín Cortés and Belén Maya, in Ensamble Nuevo Tango and the jazz piano player Horacio Icasto. He also worked with film music writers, like Alberto Iglesias recording the soundtrack of Hable con ella, by Almodóvar or Pascal Gainge in El otro barrio de Salvador García Ruiz.
Ara Malikian is an elite artist of Warner Spain, organization, place where he recorded "Manantial" and "De la felicidad" joined by the flamenco guitarist José Luis Montón. This last CD was nominated by the Spanish Academy of Music as the best New Music collection of the year. With Warner, Malikian likewise recorded a twofold CD with a portion of Paganini's most exceptional works, including his well known 24 impulses for solo violin, an album with works by Sarasate joined on piano by the Armenian musician Serouj Kradjian, the 6 Sonatas for violin solo of Ysaÿe and the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach.
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