At the age sixteen his grandfather took him to see the grand master Djivan Gasparian, who lived in the same district as them. "You played well", he said, "but you will have to learn the basies all over again".
In the beginning, in order to make the young man’s lips suppler, he held the instrument whilst Araïk blew into it.
For the Kiev Festival in 1991, Avet Terterian chose him to play his third symphony for orchestra, duduk and zurna, first performed with Djivan Gasparian in 1975. Since then, he has played under the baton of Mourad Annamamedov John Carewe, Hans Leenders, Diego Masson, Pierre Dominique Ponnelle, Pascal Rophé, Alexander Slatowski, Volodimir Sirenko, Edouard Topdjian…
During the last ten years, Araïk Bartikian performed a several times with different ensemble as the London Sinfonietta, the Netherlands Radio Symphony, Musicatreize, The Gorgian Polyphonic Banquet, Trio Chemirani, the Dresdner Sinfoniker, Daniel Lavoie, Orient Mon Amour, the Duo Sabil...
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"The Duduk is an Armenian instrument between flute and oboe, with gentleness sounds to damn oneself [...] Here it is, with Araik Bartikian, back in the meditative purity of solo. Liven up by a mystical breath with slowness trembling inherited from shepherds’ and troubadours." - Télérama (France)
1er Prize International Eisteddfod Festival (Wales)
1er Prize Kiev International Festival (Ukraine)