Founded in 1996 by Harutyun Topikyan, under generous sponsorship of His Holiness Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin I, the Yerevan Chamber Choir became one of the well-known musical collectives performing outstanding choral music of classic and contemporary composers in Armenia and beyond. The continued support by His Holiness Catholicos Garegin II enabled the Choir develop further, which in 2009 become a state institution renaming the Yerevan State Chamber Choir (YSCC).
The international appearance of the Yerevan Chamber Choir begins in 1997 with participation in the International Music Festival in Ravenna/Italy, where it performed Armenian classical and modern choral music. At the same year, the Choir performed the concert “Ars Poetica” in 4 pieces written by contemporary Armenian composer Tigran Mansuryan; the concerts were performed in Armenia, Germany, Syria and Lebanon.
Within the framework of Armenian Culture Days in Germany in September 1998, the Choir had outstanding performances in several German cities including Bonn, Halle, Wittenberg and Magdeburg, performing the newly discovered versions of Komitas Mass and pieces of Tigran Mansuryan.
In May 1999 the Choir participated in the International Music Festival in Bergen/Norway with works of Komitas and T. Mansuryan on the program. In addition to acapella songs, famous violinist Kim Kashkashyan and saxophonist Jan Garbarek accompanied several masterpieces being greatly appreciated by the audience.