Emmanuel Tjeknavorian was born into a family of musicians in 1995 in Vienna. He began to play the violin at the age 5 and at age 7, he played his first public concert. Tjeknavorian has won several prizes, including the International Johannes Brahms Competition. In 2012, he represented Austria at the Eurovision Young Musicians contest. In 2013, he won the first prize in the Stefanie Hohl Violin Competition and first prize in the Fifth Szymon Goldberg Award competition. 

In September 2014, Tjeknavorian was the first Austrian in the history of the Fritz Kreisler Competition to make it to the final round, where he won third place. In November 2014, he received the Casinos Austria Rising Star Award. In addition to the Vienna Musikverein and Vienna Konzerthaus, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has appeared in several international engagements. He performed with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Lichtenstein Symphony Orchestra and with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart in his US debut at the Boston Symphony Hall.