Varoujan Bartikian was born in Armenia. He began studying at the Tchaikovsky Specialized School for Music at the age of six under the guidance of professor Alexander Tchaushian. During his studies in this school, he presented himself as a soloist in concerts in many cities of the ex-Soviet Union. At the age of 10 he played in public as a soloist the Concerto Nr.3 by Goltermann, and at the age of 14 the “Rococo” Variations by Tchaikovsky with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1978 to 1983, he attended the Komitas State Music Conservatory of Yerevan. In 1977, he entered the Transcaucasian Cello Competition, winning the first prize. In 1981 he entered the Soviet Union Cello Competition in Tbilissi (Georgia) and won the second prize with a special prize for playing the 24 Preludes by the Georgian composer Sulkan Tsintsadze.
Later on, he recorded the same piece for the “Melodia” label. In 1986, he completed his Master’s degree in cello and teaching methodology.
Varoujan Bartikian is one of the founding members of the Yerevan String Quartet, formed in 1982, which won the second prize in the Borodin competition in 1983 in Tallin (Estonia).
In 1988, Varoujan Bartikian was invited to teach cello classes at the Komitas Conservatory of Yerevan. In 1989, he joined the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. He has performed many concerts and played as a soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He also recorded for the Portuguese classic radio network. In 1991 he formed the Bartikian Trio with the French pianist Michel Gal and the American clarinetist Esther Georgie. Since 2001 he is the cellist of the Capela Quartet. He worked with the Portuguese composer Antonio Vitorino d’Almeida, with whom he played many concerts in Portugal and overseas. He also recorded many of his compositions. In 2005 he played with the American violinist Peter DeVries and Portuguese pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro John Nelson.
Today, Varoujan Bartikian is the principal cello of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and teaches cello and chamber music at the Piaget Institute.