He started out playing the violin at an early age under his father´s guidance. His talent was quickly recognized regardless of the hard circumstances he was forced to live as a consequence of the Lebanese civil war. He performed his first important concert at the age of twelve and, at the age of fourteen ,orchestra director Hans Herbert-Jöris listened to him and got him a scholarship given by German Government to study at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. At the age of 15 he achieved to be the youngest admitted student in this well-regarded superior music center. He widened his knowledge and studies afterwards at Guildhall School of Music & Drama of London and, also received lessons by some of the greatest and more prestigious teachers in the world as Franco Gulli, Ruggiero Ricci, Ivry Gitlis, Herman Krebbers or some members of the Alban Berg Quartet.
As a performer, he possesses a wide repertoire which includes almost the whole catalogue of great works written for violin (concerts with orchestras, sonatas and works written for piano or chamber music). He released masterpieces written by contemporary composers like Franco Donatoni, Malcolm Lipkin, Luciano Chailly, Ladislav Kupkovic , Loris Tjeknavorian or Lawrence Romany Yervand Yernakian.
As a solo violinist he has been invited by great musical groups as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Zurcí Chamber Orchestra, Genoa Opera Orquesta, Madrid Symphony Orchestra, Portugal Symphony Orchestra, Tubing Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra or the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He played under the direction of such important directors like Mariss Janssons, Peter Maag, Jesús López Cobos, Vladimir Spivakov, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Luis Antonio García Navarro, Vassili Sinaisky, Edmond de Stoutz, Gudni Emilson, Juan José Mena, Jo Ann Falleta, pedro Halffter, Alejandro Posada, Cristóbal Halffter or Salvador Brotons. He also played in the most important concert halls of the world in more than 40 countries from the five continents. New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Salle Pleyel), Vienna (Musikverein), Toronto (Ford Center), Madrid (National Auditory and Royal Theatre), Zurci (Tonhalle), London (Barbican Centre) or Cádiz (Gran Teatro Falla).
His quality and level as a violinist has been recognized in numerous world-class contests, highlights included as the prizes won at international contests like Felix Mendelssohn (1987, Berlín, Alemania) or Pablo Sarasota (1995, Pamplona, Spain). He also won several awards in different contests like Niccolo Paganini (Genoa), Zino Francescatti (Marseille), Rodolfo Lipizer (Glorizia), Musical Youth (Belgrade), Rameau (Le Mans), International Artist Guild (New York) and the International Music Competition of Japan (Tokyo). In 1993, he received the Artistic Compliance and Dedication Award, given by the German Ministry of Culture. He has also been given the “Best Musical Composition in Scene Spectacle MAX Award for Performing Arts “ (La Lucha Libre Vuelve al Price,2011) and has been twice award-winning at Music Awards in the category of New Musics Best Album (De la felicidad,2006) and Best Classical Music Performer (Ínsula Poética,2007). In 2013, his own orchestra “La Orquesta en el Tejado” was premiered at the Spanish Theatre in Madrid. Ara Malikian has a wide discography.