born on 28/5/1948 in Nikosia, Cyprus
Levon Chilingirian OBE (born 28 May 1948) is a UK-based violinist. The founder of the Chilingirian Quartet, he is also a professor at the Royal College of Music in London and is musical director of Camerata Nordica, a Swedish chamber orchestra. He is also artistic director of the Mendelssohn on Mull festival.
Born to Armenian parents in Nicosia, Cyprus, Chilingirian began playing the violin when he was five, being taught by his uncle. He came to Britain when he was 12 and studied at the Royal College of Music. He won first prize in the BBC Beethoven and the Munich Duo competitions in 1969 and 1971 respectively.
In 1971 he founded the Chilingirian Quartet, which has developed a strong association with a number of composers, including John Tavener and Michael Berkeley. He was also one of the first members of The English Concert, and played in their first London concert in 1973. The Chilingirian Quartet hold an annual summer school at West Dean College.
In addition to teaching, playing and recording, Chilingirians interest in the work of Edvard Grieg led to his own version of the composer's incomplete Quartet in F major.
In the 2000 New Year Honours list, Chilingirian was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to music.
- Behind the Masque: Trevor Pinnock. BBC Radio 3.
- Camerata Nordica homepage
- Chilingirian Quartet homepage