Levon Chilingirian

Visiting Tutor In Violin

Email: Levon.Chilingirian@rncm.ac.uk

Visiting Tutor in Violin

Levon Chilingirian is a Tutor in Violin at the RNCM. Born in Cyprus to Armenian parents, he was introduced to music at an early age through his pianist mother and violinist great uncle. When the family emigrated to London in 1960 Levon concentrated on the violin, studying at the Royal College of Music.

His long-standing partnership with the late Clifford Benson was launched by winning First Prize in both the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and the 1971 Munich Duo International Competition. Recital appearances took the duo to most European countries and their recordings include works by Schubert and Frank Bridge.

In 1971, along with three others, Levon founded the Chilingirian Quartet, one of the most active and celebrated string quartets on the international scene with tours to over 50 countries on six continents. In addition, Levon has always enjoyed recital and concerto appearances. He was invited to perform the Sinfonia Concertante on the Amadeus soundtrack by Sir Neville Marriner and performed Brahms’ Double Concerto with Steven Isserlis in Yerevan. He has played the Tippett Triple Concerto with six different orchestras and his recording of the piece for Chandos with Richard Hickox had the enthusiastic endorsement of the composer. Other distinguished partners include Sir Andrew Davis, Tadaki Otaka, Sir Charles Groves, Jeremy Menuhin, Steven De Groote, and organist William McVicker. 

Levon was invited to give the string masterclass for the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year and has appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Bournemouth, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Bergen Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic, and Russian National Orchestras. He has been awarded the Cobbett Medal, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s chamber music award and, in January 2000, an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List for his services to music.