Ara Malikian began studying the violin at an early age with his father. His first concert happened when he was 12 and when he was 14 he was invited to study in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany. At 15 he was the youngest student to be admitted in this school. Later he continued his studies in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, at the same time receiving lessons from professors Franco Gulli, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis, Herman Krebbers and members of the Alban Berg Quartet.
During his long career as a Violin soloist, Ara has played in more than 40 countries: USA New York (Carnegie Hall); Paris, France (Salle Pleyel); Viene, Italy (Musikverein); Toronto, Canada (Ford Center); Madrid, Spain (Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real); Venice, Italy; Los Angeles, USA; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Cuba; Barcelona and Bilbao, Spain; among others.
Ara Malikian has released albums “Manantial” and “De la felicidad” accompanied by the flamenco guitarist José Luis Montón. This last CD has been nominated by the Spanish Academy of Music for the best New Music CD of the year. He has also recorded some of the most significant works of Paganini, including his “24 Caprices for Violin Solo”. He had created soundtrack for Pedro Almodovar, Carlos Saura, among others.