Born in 1976, Mikayel Hakhnazaryan began his studies at the age of nine in
Armenia. Upon graduation from State Conservatory he continued his studies at the
Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion with Marcio Carneiro and completed them
at the Hochschule of Musik Basel with Ivan Monighetti. He was deeply inspired by
Steven Isserlis - attending his master classes numerous times.
Mikayel Hakhnazaryan regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician. He was
principal and guest solo- cellist of many orchestras in the Basque National
Orchestra, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Camerata Bern. At the Zurich Opera,
Mikayel played under the baton of conductors such Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz
Welser-Möst and Christoph von Dohnányi.In the past years he was guest principal
cello of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerorchester Basel, Gstaad Festival
Orchestra and Camerata Bern.
From 2001- 2004 he played in the Zurich String Trio. In 2004, Mikayel became
member of the Basler Streichquartett and played with them until joining the
Berlin-based Kuss Quartett in 2008, which is performing worldwide at major
concert halls and festivals such as Musikverein Wien, Carnegie Hall in New York
and Wigmore Hall in London, Rheingau Music Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg,
Verbier Festival. Chamber music partners include Mojca Erdmann, Sharon Kam, Leif
Ove Andsnes, Miklós Perényi, Kirill Gerstein and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Mikayel
is principal cellist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and appears regularly as
guest at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Mikayel plays on an Andrea
Castagneri cello built in 1735.