Karen Hakobyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1961. He was graduated from the piano department at Music School, and then continued his education in the department of national instruments at Pedagogical Institute Yerevan, Armenia. When being a student, he was giving many concerts in Russia, Ukraine, and different regions of Armenia. Soon he was invited to work at Armenian state ensemble of national instruments as a shviahar (Shvi performer)
In 1982 Karlen Mirzoyan founded national wind “Tkzar” ensemble. The great musician’s aim was to rebuild national instruments, create new ones by preserving national culture.
And it was the idea which encouraged Karen Hakobyan, and he was there from the very first day. Karen had traveled a lot in all over the world with this ensemble. People in abroad were surprised by the fact that one musician could play at various instruments at once. Karen Hakobyan plays almost at all wind instruments and he wishes to preserve, pass, develop and show the voice and timber possibilities of old Armenian instruments to people in all over the world.