Pianist, Composer and Conductor
"With his brand-new Symphony No. 2, Karen Hakobyan absolutely surpasses the doyen of the Armenian music-world in variation and concise invention"
"The real surprise from Armenia was the work (2nd Symphony) of perhaps its youngest composer:Karen Hakobyan..The unexpceted sound masses, which befeel the listeners throughout this experience, were virtually stunning.. The young Hakobyan is a great talent, his courage in tackling the symphonic form is remarkable"