In 1969 he graduated from the Composer department of Yerevan State Conservatory. From 1969 to 1972 Amirkhanyan was the musical editor of Armenian Radio. Since 1991 he is the head of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Armenia.
He is an author of many popular Armenian songs ("Hayreni yerkir", "Hayi achker", "Ding-dong") and soundtracks of films and animation cartoons. Among the best known is the song "Arise!."
^Books and Art in the USSR. 1984 p59 "The first prize was awarded to Anna Vavilova of Leningrad for her rendition of the song "Arise!" by R. Amirkhanyan, a serious song full of philosophical meditation,"