11 Facts About Ara Malikian


Ara Malikian was born on 1968 and is a Lebanese-born violinist of Armenian descent.


Ara Malikian was educated in Germany and now based in Spain.


Ara Malikian gave his first concert at the age of 12, and when he was 14, he was invited to study in Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover located in Hannover, Germany.


Ara Malikian has assimilated the music of other cultures like those of the Middle East, Central Europe, Argentina and Spain.


Ara Malikian has played in more than 40 countries: USA New York ; Paris, France ; Viene, Italy ; Toronto, Canada ; Madrid, Spain ; Venice, Italy; Los Angeles, USA; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Cuba; Barcelona and Bilbao, Spain; among others.


Since 1995, Ara Malikian has played in a duo with the pianist Serouj Kradjian, of Armenian origin, recorded the complete cycle of Sonatas by Robert Schumann with him, as well as the record "Miniatures", an anthology of music for violin and piano written by Armenian composers.


Ara Malikian has recorded numerous discs for record companies such as BMG, Auvidis, Trittico Classics and Elite Music, including, among many other compositions, "The Four Seasons" of Vivaldi.


Ara Malikian has collaborated with film-music composers like Alberto Iglesias, with whom he recorded the soundtrack for Hable Con Ella, a movie by Almodovar, or Pascal Gainge in Otro Barrio by the director Salvador Garcia Ruiz.


Ara Malikian has released albums "Manantial" and "De la felicidad" accompanied by the flamenco guitarist Jose Luis Monton.


Ara Malikian was nominated twice for the best classical performance in the 2007 Music Prizes in Spain, by the Spanish Academy for his recording of the Poema Concertante by Xavier Montsalvatge, along with the Castilla y Leon Symphonic Orchestra; as well as for a piece with Joan Valent, Suso Saiz and Marc Blanes.


Ara Malikian participated as a guest artist in the film J: Beyond Flamenco, by Carlos Saura.