Nelly Manukian is the only one professional improvising jazz flutist in Armenia. Her first steps as jazz flutist passed under the leadership of known American jazz pianist Armen Donelian. For many years she played in Armenian symphonic orchestra of radio and television. She participated in different musical projects and jazz festivals of Armenia. Nelly performed with many musicians such as in Bobbie Sanabria, Armen Donelian, Garner Thomas, Ric Taylor, etc. She went on tour in England, Russia.
Now Nelly cooperates with leading musicians of Armenia. Also cooperates with the state Jazz Band of Armenia. Being the musician improvisator, Nelly performs in various styles; jazz, jazz-rock, rock, fusion, Brazilian jazz and Latina. She is the author of numerous of compositions, works in Yerevan state conservatory of Komitas.
Nelly is the only one professional improvising jazz flutist in Armenia.