Mr. Viken Najarian began playing the oud at an early age under the direction of his grandfather, Dikran, in Beirut, Lebanon. After coming to the United States in 1975, Viken began his
apprenticeship to learn the art of oud building and continue his study of the instrument. His great love for the oud eventually led him to UCLA where he was a student of ethnomusicology. At the same
time his playing career continued to flourish and he has enjoyed great success playing in the Southern California area as well as across the United States for more than 15 years.