Levon Chilingirian, born in Cyprus, began violin with his great uncle, Vahan Bedelian. After emigrating to the U.K., he later studied with his uncle, Manoug Parikian, Hugh Bean, and the Amadeus Quartet. Chilingirian’s partnership with the late Clifford Benson was launched by winning first prizes in the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and the 1971 Munich Duo International Competition. In 1971 the Chilingirian Quartet was founded and is today one of the most celebrated string quartets on the international scene, its highly regarded recorded repertoire spanning classical to contemporary works. Chilingirian also performs as a soloist and with other chamber music partners. He is the artistic director of Mendelssohn on Mull, Pharos Festival (Cyprus) and active in coaching chamber music at the Lake District Summer School, West Dean, and El Sistema in Venezuela. He received the Cobbett Medal and in January 2000, an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List.
Levon Chilingirian is professor of violin and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He gives master classes regularly at Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), the New England Conservatory (Boston) and the Boston Conservatory of Music.