Armenian State Chamber choir

About Us

The National Chamber Choir of Armenia has been founded thanks to the sponsorship of “Vache & Tamar Manoukian” Benevolent Association, later it has been renamed into the National Chamber Choir of Armenia of the Ministry of Culture. The group has toured to England, Italy, Russia, France, Switzerland and other countries. In 2007 the Choir has performed in the European Union's Concert Hall in Strasbourg. The Choir’s repertoire includes works of European and Russian composers. It is a dedicated performer of  works of the Armenian composers. The National Chamber Choir of Armenian has released a number of CDs, among them the recording of T.Mansurian’s Choir Concerto "ARS POETICA" on the famous ECM Records label. The Choir has participated in many prestigious international  festivals.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Robert Mlkeyan                 

The National Chamber Choir of Armenia (NCCA) was founded in 2000 and Maestro Robert Mlkeyan, an Honored Worker of Art of Armenia, was appointed as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the ensemble.

In 2006, the ensemble took part in the International Festival of Modern Music in Donizetti Opera Theatre in Bergamo, Italy, and performed several concerts in the White Hall and Catherine Palace in Saint Petersburg, thus summing up the Year of Armenian Culture in Russia. NCCA has toured in Argentina, Canada, Georgia, Greece, Lebanon, and the UK.

On the 140th anniversary of Komitas’ birth, in 2009, NCCA recorded two CDs at Saghmosavank Monastery, featuring selected sacred and secular choral works by the genius composer. In the same year, concerts were organized in the Gaveau Concert Hall and Saint-Louis Church in Paris, a concert-lecture was held at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), Berlin, and concerts were held in Geneva and Zurich. In 2019, the Choir had a concert dedicated to the 150th birth anniversary of Komitas Vardapet in the UNESCO Headquarters’ concert hall in Paris. In 2021 the Choir took part at the Ravenna festival with the local symphony orchestra and then in Yerevan opera theater by the leading of world famous conductor Riccardo Muti.  

NCCA released its Ars Poetica CD on ECM Records in 2006, featuring the choral concert written by Tigran Mansurian which is based on ten poems by Yeghishe Charents. The CD was awarded a five-star rating by the World Music Council. The inclusion of the Ars Poetica CD in The Gramophone, a prestigious music catalogue which reports on the most outstanding classical CDs since 1923, may be considered one of the many significant achievements of the choir.

Over the years the choir has performed world premieres featuring com positions by Tigran Mansurian, David Halajian, Edward Hayrapetian and many others. NCCA’s repertoire also includes Bach, Brahms Faure, Gabrielli, Schnittke, Schubert, Vasks, and other great composers. Besides its frequent concerts and tours, NCCA participates in charity projects by performing in educational institutions, military units and in rural areas of Armenia to introduce the choral culture to a wider audience in the country.

The Choir exists thanks to Our General Sponsor 
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Benevolent Association

We are thankful also to the following organisations ever contributing to our activities:
RA Ministry of Culture
RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Armenia Travel +M
ARMENIA TREE PROJECT
ACBA – CREDIT AGRICOLE BANK
Orange Foundation 
Grant Thornton Amyot
HAYASTAN All Armenian Fund 
Nina Hovnanian’s Armenian Treasures
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State Chamber Choir of Armenia

Artistic director, conductor, RA People's Artist: Robert Mlkyan

Concert series: FOR SOLDIERS

May 17-19

17 - Vardenis and Chambarak

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Concert dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide

24.04.2022 Tsitsernakaberd 
ARMENIAN STATE CHAMBER CHOIR 
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor 
RA People's Artist: Robert Mlkeyan 
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Stabat Mater

15.04.2022 Yerevan, Komitas Chamber Music House

Armenian State Chamber Choir

Artistic Director  and Chief Conductor

RA People's Artist Robert Mlkeyan

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Artistic Director

Robert   Mlkeyan

Maestro Mlkeyan is an Honored Artist of Armenia, “Movses Khorenatsi” medal recipient, as well as Armenia’s 2nd degree medal recipient for the services provided to his motherland. 

He was born in Yerevan, in 1961.

He received his primary music education in the Music School after Mirzoyan, class of violin.  He then studied in Saint Petersburg, class of symphonic and choral conductor.  He continued his graduate studies in the class of Emin Khachatryan, as his assistant trainee. 

In 1984-1986, he was conductor of students’ choir of Komitas State Conservatory’s composition and music theory depa ...

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Armenian State Chamber choir

Armenia, Yerevan
0025, st Isahakyan 1
+37410526725, +37491601515