Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Hakob took up the guitar at the age of seven, taking his first lessons at the Yerevan Music Salon - School. In 1978-1982 he continued at guitar department of the Romanos Melikian Music College, guitar department, under professor Edouard Badalian.
In 1990-1994 he was a student at the Yerevan State Conservatory.
From1985 to 1991 Hakob was a soloist of the Armenian State Philharmonic Society.
Hakob has worked as a teacher of guitar in music schools and in the Yerevan School of Arts.
Since 1995 he is professor at the Yerevan State Conservatory.
In 1982 he was named Laureate of the Third All-Union Festival of Guitarists (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine), the most prestigious professional guitar festival in the former Soviet Union.
Hakob has given concerts and master-classes in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Belarus, Germany, Syria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Lebanon, the USA, Lithuania. His repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, Ponce, Albeniz, Granados, Moreno-Toroba, Rodrigo, Mikrotikos as well as Spanish flamenco, Latin American music, works and arrangements of modern composers.
In September 2012 Hakob was granted the honor title of Merited Artist of Armenia.
Hakob has 4 CD of his own and participated in numerous recording projects by known artists.
“After the Rain”, Barseghian Records, Canada – 1996
“Bulerias en Mi”, NAB Productions, Armenia -1998, 2004
“Akhtamar” Egenie Alecian, Disque DOM, France - 2001
“Cafe Moliendo”, NAB Productions, Armenia – 2002, 2004