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Elvina Makaryan, "La Piaf du Soviet" passed away

Renowned Armenian singer Elvina Makaryan dies in U.S.
10.07.2007 16:07 GMT+04:00 Print version Send to mail In Russian In Armenian

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Renowned Armenian singer Elvina Makaryan died from heart attack at the age of 59 in the United States. She had worked in the state jazz orchestra under direction of Konstantin Orbelyan for a long time and performed the songs of Armenian composers and classic jazz.

Lately Elvina Makaryan worked at two new projects. Sony Corporation showed interested in the jazz one.

Watch her armenian song clip "Menoutioun" (Solitude / Einsamkeit), a song for her her son who passed away: click me

Watch "Baby" in english: click me


"What a miracle!" exclaimed the great Aram Khachaturyan after listening to her perform. "How could I not have heard of her until now?" continued maestro while enthusiastically applauding. The young rising star, Elvina Makarian, was only 16 years old.

Elvina was born in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. She graduated with honors from the music school of Chaykovski and later the music conservatory of Komitas. She studied to become a pianist but deep in her heart she always knew she belonged to the big stage. She was only 12 when she participated in a music festival at the Philharmonic Hall of Yerevan. She won the first award at the festival; but most importantly she won the hearts of her audience who would later follow her art for the next four decades.

At 14 she received an invitation to be the soloist of Robert Amirchanyan's newly opened jazz band. Two years later she received another offer this time from Constantin Orbelyan to join his famous Yerevan State Entertainment Band. Later Elvina became the soloist of the Entertainment Ensemble of Radio & Television of Armenia.

In 1973 young Elvina was awarded with the Grand-Prize at the First World Music Awards in Moscow. Later that year she received her second Grand-Prize this time at the 10th World Music Awards in Berlin. The star of Elvina Makarian was heading one way, straight to the top.

Elvina's talent soon brought her recognition around the world, as she celebrated her success by launching a world tour to include France, Canada, Syria, Italy, Germany, England and other countries. After her performance at the "Anten 2" studio in France, French newspapers had one headline on their front pages, "Elvina, La Piaf de Soviet." Russian newspaper "Izvestia" wrote, " When Elvina Makarian sings in Armenian, there is no translation needed. The talent and emotions of this unique and genius singer and composer is above any translation."

Currently Elvina resides in the United States where she released three CDs and numerous music videos. Elvina continues recording and composing songs for herself as well as for other artists. She recently reopened her Music Studio where Maestro Herself trains new voices and discovers new young talent. The renowned Armenian Diva never stops creating.


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