Levon is an avid explorer of improvisation, which forms the basis for his workshops, master classes and published articles.
Guitarist Levon Ichkhanian was born in 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, of Armenian descent. He is the son of Edouard Ichkhanian, renown Musical Director of Middle Eastern artists, nephew to Professor Joseph Ichkhanian, founder of the classical guitar program at the Beirut Conservatory of Music, and cousin of Hovannes Darbinian, the world’s leading scholar and performer of the Armenian tar.
A third generation musician, Levon’s first professional performance was at the age of 13. Since then, his musical experiences have expanded to include recording, composing, producing, touring and music coordinating /contracting. He has worked with Atom Egoyan, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Peter Murphy, AR Rahman, and Twyla Tharp. He has performed at the Beijing Olympics with Dee Dee Bridgewater, the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, the All Star Guitar Night in Los Angeles, Midem in Cannes, for the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York, at Jazz and Folk festivals across Canada, and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Levon plays world string instruments, as the Oud, Banjitar and Bouzoukis.
Levon has released three solo CDs (with featured guests JUNO nominated Alain Caron and Grammy award winners John Patitucci, Paquito D’Rivera, and Bernard Purdie) and is presently mixing “Live at the Orbit” to be released in early 2013.
Levon has played on over 100 commercially released recordings ranging from Canadian Idol ‘s Gold certified CD to India’s national treasure Hariharan. He has produced JUNO nominated projects, composed for the likes of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, created soundtracks for filmmakers as environmentalist David Suzuki and was instrumental in the pre-production development of Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s production Come Fly Away to the music of Frank Sinatra.