Davit Melkonyan is a cellist active in the field of historical performance.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, he began his studies in Germany, and graduated from the University of Arts in Berlin with honors in 2011.

 

In 2008 Melkonyan won the second prize in the international Bach Competition in Leipzig. With his fortepiano-partner Mikayel Balyan he was „Artist in Residence“ of Musikfest Bremen and Deutschlandfunk in 2012.

 

In 2013 Sony Classical Deutsche Harmonia Mundi released debut recording of Melkonyan-Balyan-Duo with the sonatas by Bernhard Romberg. The disc was critically acclaimed by radio as well as by the press, such as FAZ-Feuilleton and Aachener Zeitung. In the following year appeared their recording of Brahms-Sonatas, released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. In December 2015 Classical Productions Osnabrück (cpo) released Melkonyans recording of the Romberg Cello-Concertos under the conductor Michael Willens. In 2017 Melkonyan recorded together with Christophe Coin the Duos op. 33 for two cellos by Bernhard Romberg. He perform regularly the duo repertoire of classical and romantic period with Christophe Coin. 

 

Melkonyan is guest artist at major festivals, such as Tage Alter Musik Herne, Musikfest Bremen, Thüringer Bachwochen, Bachfest Leipzig, Potsdamer Festspiele. 

 

Melkonyan perform with chamber music ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis, also with the orchestra Anima Eterna Brugge and Concerto Köln. In 2019 he founded together with Evgeny Sviridov the orchestra on period instruments „Orchēstra Kairos“.

 

Melkonyan is also active as a researcher in the field of applied interpretational research. He was invited by the University of Arts Bern, Musical Instruments Museum Berlin, Zentrum für Alte Musik Köln to hold a lecture about the interpretation and playing of classical and romantic repertoire.