Ara Malikian was born in 1968 in an Armenian family. He started playing violin at a very young age with his father. His talent was recognized early he lived the Lebanese civil war and he was forced to study for long periods in anti-aircraft shelters.
He gave his first major concert with 12 years and at 14, Hans Herbert-Jöris listened to him and helped him to get a scholarship from the German government to study at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hannover. At the age of 15, he was the youngest student admitted to this prestigious higher center of musical studies. Later he expanded his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, he learned from the most prestigious teachers in the world such as Franco Gulli, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis, Herman Krebbers or members of the Alban Berg Quartet.
As an interpreter, he has won numerous competitionsand first prizes obtained on international competitions "Felix Mendelssohn" (1987 Berlin, Germany) and "Pablo Sarasate" (1995 Pamplona, Spain) as well as the awards received in competitions such as "Niccolo Paganini" (Genoa, Italy), "Zino Francescatti" (Marseille, France), "Rodolfo Lipizer" (Gorizia, Italy), "Juventudes Musicales" (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), "Rameau" (Le Mans, France) ), "International Artist Guild" (New York, USA), and in the "International Music Competition of Japan". In 1993 he received the "Prize for dedication and artistic fulfillment" from the Ministry of Culture of Germany.
He has played in the best concert halls of the world in more than forty countries on five continents: New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Salle Pleyel), Vienna (Musikverein), Toronto (Ford Center), Calahorra (Ideal Theater), Madrid (National Auditorium and Royal Theater) Zurcí (Tonhalle), London (Barbican Center), Cádiz (Gran Teatro Falla), Puertollano (Pedro Almodóvar Auditorium), Tokyo, Istanbul, Berlin, Athens, Venice, Los Angeles, Taipei, Hong Kong , Kuala Lumpur, Cuba, Bogota, Munich, Barcelona, Bilbao, Mérida (Roman Theater of Mérida) and Ecuador (Teatro Sucre) among others. He has also participated in the festivals of Aspen, Colmar, Prades, Schleswig-Holstein, Braunschweig, San Sebastian, Segovia, Bergen, Freden, Metlach, Prague and Buñol.
As a solo violin he has been invited by formations by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Zurcí Chamber Orchestra, Genoa Opera Orchestra, Madrid Symphony Orchestra (OSM), Portugal Symphony, Tubingen Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosos de Moscow, Belgrade Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse, Philharmonic of Armenia and orchestras of the Community of Madrid among others, under the baton of such important directors 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, Juan José Mena or Jo Ann Falleta.
He was the concertmaster of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Teatro Real de Madrid), with which he was very successful performing doing a solo of Le boeuf sur le toit by Darius Milhaud, the version for violin and orchestra, under the direction of Gómez Martínez and the violin Concert and orchestra in D minor for Khachaturian with the baton of Jesús López Cobos.
He has participated in the festival "Caprichos Musicales de Comillas", in Cantabria, in all editions since its inception in 2004 until 2016, and has been co-director with cellist Serguei Mesropian.
His close collaboration with José Luis Montón, one of the most outstanding flamenco guitarists today, has opened a new path in contemporary Spanish music.
He has also collaborated among others with the Lebanese singer Fairuz, the flamenco dancers Joaquín Cortés and Belén Maya, in Ensamble Nuevo Tango and the jazz pianist Horacio Icasto. His presence has been requested by important film music composers such as Alberto Iglesias, with whom he has recorded the soundtrack of Hable con ella, by Almodóvar or Pascal Gainge in El otro barrio de Salvador García Ruiz.
Ara Malikian is an exclusive artist of Warner Spain, company with which he has recorded "Manantial" and "De la felicidad" accompanied by the flamenco guitarist José Luis Montón. This last CD was nominated by the Spanish Academy of Music as the best New Music album of the year. With Warner, Malikian also recorded a double CD with some of Paganini's most outstanding works, including his famous 24 whims for solo violin, an album with works by Sarasate accompanied on piano by the Armenian pianist 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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