July 27, 2017 - 8:30 pm
Ara Malikian is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and expressive violinists of his generation. In possession of a personal style, forged from his own origins and rich musical experience, his artistic voice has emerged as an original and innovative presence on the world and musical scene.
Born in Lebanon in 1968 to an Armenian family, Ara Malikian began studying the violin at a very early age with his father. His talent was recognized and nurtured despite the difficulties encountered because of the war, forcing him to study during long periods of time in air-raid shelters. He gave his first serious concert at the age of 12 and when he was 14, he obtained a scholarship from the German Culture Ministry to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. At 15, he was the youngest pupil to be admitted in this prestigious center. He later furthered his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and studied with renowned professors such as Franco Gulli, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis, Herman Krebbers and members of the Alban Berg Quartet.
An undiminishing musical and human restlessness have led Ara to deepen his relationship with his own Armenian roots and to assimilate music of other cultures, like those of the Middle East, Central Europe (Gypsy and Klezmer), Argentina (Tango) and Spain (Flamenco). All this is achieved within a personal language in which the rhythmic and emotional strength of these types of music go hand in hand with the virtuosity and expressiveness of the great European classical tradition.
His versatility has allowed him to premiere the works of modern composers (such as Franco Danatoni, Malcolm Lipkin and many more), to play recitals for solo violin programs (24 Paganini Caprices, the 6 sonatas of Eugene Ysaÿe, the Sonatas and partitas of Bach) and to perform special renditions of rock classics like “Kashmir” (Led Zeppelin) & “No Surprises” (Radiohead).
Malikian has been recognized in many competitions of worldwide reputation, including first prizes at the International Competitions “Felix Mendelssohn” (1987, Berlin, Germany) and “Pablo Sarasate” (1995, Pamplona, Spain). In addition, “Zino Francescatti”(Marseille, France), “Rodolfo Lipizer” (Gorizia, Italy), Jeunesses Musicales” (Belgrade, Serbia), “Rameau” (Le Mans, France), “International Artists Guild” (New York, USA) and the “International Music Competition of Japan”. In 1993 he received the “Prize for Artistic Devotion and Achievement” from the German Ministry of Culture.
Malikian has performed in the most important concert halls in the world in over 40 countries, from the U.S all the way to Hong Kong. Malikian has worked with figures such as Joaquín Cortés and Belén Maya, film composers such as Pascal Gainge and Alberto Iglesias with whom he recorded the soundtrack for “Talk to her”, the Academy Award winning movie by Pedro Almodóvar.
- 1995: Le quattro stagioni
- 1996: 750 Jahre Wölpinghausen
- 1996: Miniatures
- 1997: Bow on the String
- 1999: 500 motivaciones
- 2000: All Seasons for Different
- 2000: Robert Schumann
- 2002: Manantial
- 2003: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin by Paganini
- 2003: Sarasate
- 2003: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Ysaÿe
- 2003: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Bach
- 2004: El arte del violin
- 2004: The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
- 2005: De la felicidad
- 2005: De los Cobos / Montsalvatge
- 2006: Tears of Beauty
- 2007: Meeting with a friend
- 2007: Lejos
- 2010: Conciertos románticos españoles de violín
- 2011: Con los ojos cerrados (Ara Malikian & Fernando Egozcue Quinteto)
- 2011: Christmas mood
- 2013: Pizzicato
- 2015: 15
- 2016: The Incredible Story of Violin