“When you leave your homeland, you leave behind something very important that is hard to describe in words. Itis that light and air which you unconsciously love, it is the smell of spring, the kindness of people under whose warm gaze you flourish and of course, the sounds of music. How lucky we musicians are to be able to collect all these precious things into one whole – into music, into melodies that are always with us in our head and heart; melodies that belong to us all, that we can reproduce and relive at any time. By leaving one country you give yourself the chance to discover another world, where new motifs and colours accompany you like a guide, in the search for your own voice and your own inner world.
This recording is an illustration of my musical journey, during which I meet friends old and new with equal joy.”
I am teaching chamber music at the Academy of Music Karlsruhe since the winter semester 2021/22. I am looking forward to inspire young students for chamber music and to give on all my knowledge.
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!
During the pandemic I started to plan new projects and can share more about them soon here. Stay tuned!
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.
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.
Projects & Ensembles
Mikayel is member of the renowned Kuss Quartet since 2008.
Armenian Piano Trio
with Konstantin Heidrich & Eugen Bazijan