Armenian Piano Trio

A long cherised mutual dream came finally to life: with pianist Sofya Melikyan and violinist David Haroutunian we founded a Piano Trio. Our first  CD recording will be released in September 2021 by Rubicon Classics, featuring Brahms Trios Op. 87 & 101, to be followed by more chamber music by Brahms.
Enjoy some excerpts from our concert last October in Paris!

New Projects

New Projects

During the pandemic I started to  plan new projects and can share more about them soon here. Stay tuned!


May 2022


23.05.2022 19:30

Kuss Quartett / Nico & the Navigators

@Schwetzingen, Schloss

Jun 2022

Reggio Emilia

06.06.2022 - 11.06.2022

Masterclass Kuss Quartett


06.06.2022 20:00

Viktor Ullmann: Streichquartett Nr. 3 op. 46
Erwin Schulhoff: Fünf Stücke für Streichquartett
Franz Schubert: Streichquartett Nr. 14 d-Moll D 810 »Der Tod und das Mädchen«

Simone Bernardini / Angelo de Leo, Violine
Micha Afkham, Viola
Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, Violoncello

Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie

Reggio Emilia

10.06.2022 21:00

Mozart: Streichquartett C‑Dur Nr. 19 KV 465 “Dissonanzen”
Schubert: Streichquartett Nr. 14 “Der Tod und das Mädchen”

Kuss Quartett

@Chiesa Parrocchiale di San Pietro


15.06.2022 20:00

Arno Babadjanian: Sonate für Violine und Klavier (1958)
„Vokalise“ für Violoncello und Klavier
Aram Chatschaturjan: Trio für Klarinette, Violine und Klavier g-Moll
Arno Babadjanian: Klaviertrio fis-Moll (1952)

Mirijam Contzen, Violin
Pablo Barragán, Clarinet
Karine Gilanyan, Piano

Konzerthaus Berlin


16.06.2022 19:00


Gideon Klein: Trio für Violine, Viola und Violoncello
Robert Schumann: Klaviertrio Nr. 1 d-Moll op. 63
Gabriel Fauré: Klavierquartett Nr. 1 c-Moll op. 15

Viviane Hagner, Violine
Emma Wernig, Viola
Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, Violoncello
Yannick Rafalimanana, Klavier


18.06.2022 20:00

L.v. Beethoven: Streichquartett op. 59/3
G. Kurtág:  Officium Breve
L. Janacek: Streichquartett Nr. 1

Kuss Quartett


23.06.2022 20:00

Fabio Nieder: ›Vielleicht weiß es die Nachtigall‹ Ein slowakisches Volkslied für Sopran und Kammerorchester
Robert Schumann: Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester a-Moll op. 129
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 4 B-Dur op. 60

Münchener Kammerorchester
Sarah Maria Sun, Sopran / Kian Soltani, Violoncello
Clemens Schuldt, Leitung


26.06.2022 19:30

Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro op. 47
Joseph Haydn: Konzert für Violoncello Nr. 2 D-Dur Hob. VIIb; 2
Paul Hindemith: Trauermusik für Violoncello und Streichorchester
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonie Nr. 29 A-Dur KV 201
Münchener Kammerorchester
Christian Poltéra, Violoncello

Jul 2022


09.07.2022 19:30

Mozart: Divertimento D-Dur KV 136
Grieg: Suite „Aus Holbergs Zeit“ op. 40
Beethoven: Streichquartett Nr. 11 f-moll op. 95 (Bearbeitung für Streichorchester: Gustav Mahler)

Münchener Kammerorchester


Cellist Mikayel Hakhnazaryan is known as a versatile musician in the world of classical music – as a member of the Kuss Quartet, with which he is performing worldwide in all concert halls like the Philharmonie Berlin, Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Vienna and at festivals as Rheingau Festival, Salzburg and Lucerne, to name a few.
Regular chamber music partners are Miklós Perényi, Mischa Maisky, Paul Meyer, Mojca Erdmann and Sarah Maria Sun.

Born into a musical family, Mikayel continued his studies after graduation from the State Conservatory in Armenia with Tibor Varga and Marcio Carneiro in Sion and completed them at the Musikakademie Basel with Prof. Ivan Monighetti.

He was deeply inspired by Steven Isserlis, attending his master classes numerous times and calls him his mentor.

During his studies in Switzerland he appeared regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Tibor Varga and with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Armenia.
At that time he was a member of the Basel String Quartet and the Zurich String Trio.


Chamber music is the most central element in Mikayel’s career, after being part of the Open Chamber Music Festival of IMS Prussia Cove for years, he played in numerous festivals wordwide.

Mikayel was Guest Principal Cello at the Basque National Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and is regularly invited by Camerata Bern, Camerata Salzburg, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Kammerorchester Basel, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Cappella Andrea Barca, among others.

Since 2014 he is Principal Cello of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and regularly guest at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and their chamber music groups (12 Cellists/ Scharoun Ensemble).

He is giving chamber music masterclasses at the Jeunesses Musicales, Royal Birmingham Conservatory, Suntory Hall Tokyo and other institutions.

In the past years Mikayel performed as solist with the Armenian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Georgian Chamber Orchester Ingolstadt.

Mikayel plays on a cello by Andrea Castagneri from 1735.




Brahms - Piano Trios 2 & 3

Sofya Melikyan, Klavier
David Haroutunian, Violine
Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, Violoncello

Rubicon Classics
November 2021

Beethoven - The String Quartets

Live from Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Rubicon Classics
März 2020

Projects & Ensembles

Kuss Quartett

Mikayel is member of the renowned Kuss Quartet since 2008.

Armenian Piano Trio

est. 2020


with Konstantin Heidrich & Eugen Bazijan


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