ARA MALIKIAN: A LIFE AMONG STRINGS

Spain (2019), 89 min.

Director Nata Moreno

Instituto Cervantes

Can you imagine escaping a war at 14 years old? Leaving your family behind among the bombs, and facing an unknown world and a violin?

This documentary tells the story of Ara Malikian, multifaceted violinist of Lebanese origin and Armenian roots. The film portrays his professional trajectory and personal story. A tour through his life and unquestionable contribution to both classical and contemporary music. Throughout his now extensive career, Ara Malikian has succeeded in bringing music closer to all audiences, both adults as well as children, while commanding all genres without prejudice –from Bach to Led Zeppelin— and with multiculturalism as a trademark.

We will follow Ara Malikian and his crew on their latest “Symphonic Tour”, across Spain and countries such as Lebanon, France, England, China, Russia, Morocco, Argentina, Uruguay, or Germany…

And all the while telling his fascinating personal story. Born in Lebanon to an Armenian family, music saved his life when he escaped the war. He left Beirut when he was only 14 and ever since then, has lived a nomadic life, bringing his music to all the world. He shares with us his vision of music, his concerns, his life journey and his projects.

A Spanish resident for more than 15 years now, Malikian has performed in the best auditoriums, theaters and concert halls in the world. He has toured in over forty countries in five continents, recording more than 30 albums and even giving 450 recitals during the same year. He travels with his own production team and shares the stage with performers of worldwide acclaim (Concertino during eight years at the Royal Theater Opera, great artists like Plácido Domingo, Extremoduro, Joaquín Cortés, Rafael Amargo and Sara Baras, among others.) His concerts stand out for their emotional and humorous moments, and all his projects are tinged with social commitment. Considered one of the best musicians of the 21st Century, since residing in Spain he has brought his career to its highest point.