Levon Chilingirian, born in Cyprus, began violin with his great uncle, later studying in the UK with his uncle, Manoug Parikian, Hugh Bean, and the Amadeus Quartet. His 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; 1971 also saw the foundation of the Chilingirian Quartet. Levon continues to perform as a soloist and with other chamber music partners, and he is the artistic director of Mendelssohn on Mull, Pharos Festival (Cyprus) and active in coaching chamber music at West Dean and El Sistema in Venezuela as well as for LDSM. 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, the Royal Academy of Music and the RNCM. He gives masterclasses regularly at Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), the New England Conservatory (Boston) and the Boston Conservatory of Music.