Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Hakob took up guitar at age of seven, getting first lessons in the Yerevan Music Salon - School. In 1978-1982 he studied in the Romanos Melikian Music College, guitar department, class of professor Edouard Badalian, in 1990-1994 he was a student of Yerevan State Conservatory.
In the period of 1985-1991 Hakob was 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 of the Yerevan State Conservatory. He was named Laureate of the Third All-Union Festival of Guitarists (1982, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine), the most prestigious professional guitarists festival in the former Soviet Union.
Hakob has given concerts and master-classes in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Belarus, Germany, Syria, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Lebanon, the USA, Lithuania. His repertoire has major concerts and works for guitar by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, Ponce, Albenis, Granados, Moreno-Toroba, Rodrigo, Mikrotikos, Spanish flamenco, Latin American music, works and arrangements of modern composers. Hakob has 4 CD productions.