Davit Melkonyan is a cellist active in the field of historically informed performance, especially for classical and romantic repertoire.
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 at the age of 21 the second prize in the prestigious international Bach Competition in Leipzig. With his fortepiano-partner Mikayel Balyan he won the fellowship „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 of 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.
Melkonyan is guest artist at major festivals, such as Tage Alter Musik Herne, Musikfest Bremen, Thüringer Bachwochen, Bach-Mendelssohn Festtage Leipzig, Frankfurter Kammermusiken in Frankfurt (Oder).
He plays a cello by Wilhelm Hermann Hammig, Leipzig, 1903, private loan. This cello was built for Robert Hausmann, the cellist of the Joachim-Quartett, who performed the premiere of Brahms Double-concerto and F-Major Sonata with Brahms. This cello and his set-up was never changed and still is in his historical original condition.