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Marten Yorgantz- A Childhood Favourite

Born June 24, 1946, in what is known today as Istanbul, Marten Yorgantz is a popular French-Armenian singer and composer. He is recognized as the most popular Armenian singer in Europe with over a thousand songs sung in over 10 languages.

After the Earthquake in Armenia, he gave 100 concerts benefiting the children and families affected. 

He has recorded 24 albums in different languages, mostly in Armenian, Italian and French. Among his well-known hits are “Chkuytik”, “Hayi Achker”, “Hayeren Ergenk”, “Ayp, Pen, Kim”, “Ay Maral Maral”, “Partir pour ne plus revenir” and others.

In 1974, he opens his 1st restarant in Paris called “Cappadocia”, followed by a 2nd to the chain just outside of the city in Alford. In 1980 he opened his 3rd restaurant on Saint Germain des Prés, in the heart of Paris so as to attract more local celebrities, called “Restaurant Yorgantz”.  Within the last 10 years, he also opened his latest restaurant, known as “Chez Yorgantz”, where both Italian and Armenian delicacies are served as he entertains with a pianist and guitarist by his side. To this day, Yorgantz will sing for concerts, dances and other festivities, alongside his constant appearance at piano bars around the city.


Julio Iglesias: Happy to explore my Armenian friends’ homeland

World famous singer Julio Iglesias arrived in Armenia yesterday, on March 15.

“I was told in Moscow that Armenia is a very hospitable country,” Iglesias said, adding that he was happy to explore his Armenian friends’ homeland.

“Armenia reminds me of something melancholic. Melancholy is synonymous to vulnerability. A vulnerable person has heroic attitude towards life,” the singer said, adding that in the past 45 years he met many Armenians who promoted their culture worldwide.

Dwelling on the cooperation with Armenian musicians, he said Charles Aznavour is his old friend and they headlined many concerns together.

Iglesias started his world tour on February 24. He visited Russia, UAE, Ukraine and Taiwan. He will further give concerts in Shanghai, Singapore, Brazil and Korea.


Happy Birthday Yeghishe Charents!

«Չարենցը կ’ապրի քանի դեռ կայ Հայ ժողովուրդը»

Կ’ուզեմ հիմի փչէ զուռնեն – հարբած ըլիմ մինչեւ էգուց.
Ամէն մարդու ընկեր ըլիմ -ու բաց ըլիմ մինչեւ էգուց:
Ֆայտօն նստած` անցնեմ քուչով, պատուհանից վրես նայես`
Էշխդ անքուն սիրտս ընկնի ու լաց ըլիմ մինչեւ էգուց:
Խելքս քամուն, հովին տուած` երթամ ընկնեմ դուքան ու բաղ`
Ընկերների սուփրին գինի ու հա՛ց ըլիմ մինչեւ էգուց:
Երթամ – ուրիշ գոզալների գիրկը դնեմ գլուխս տաք`
Քո էդ անուշ, ազի՜զ տեսքով հարբած ըլիմ մինչեւ էգուց:

Nurhan Arman to Conduct in Rome!

Sinfonia Toronto’s Music Director Nurhan Arman will be on the podium of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma , on February 17 and 18, leading two concerts in one of Rome’s major venues, the Auditorium Conciliazione. The program for both concerts includes Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor and Haydn’s Symphony No. 100. The soloist in the Chopin concerto will be Korean pianist Andrew Pae. The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma has been recognized by international critics as one of the finest orchestras in Italy. It has toured extensively in Europe, South America, China and the USA, and records regularly for the Naxos label.

Kim Kashkashian Wins Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Armenian American violist Kim Kashkashian won the award for the recording “Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola” at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards this evening.

1x1.trans Kim Kashkashian Wins Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Inspiring world-wide critical acclaim, she has been hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as “an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone.” The New York Times has joined in these accolades, praising her “rich, mellow timbre and impressive artistry.”

In recent seasons, Kim Kashkashian has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of New York, Berlin, London, and Munich. and Tokyo. Her recital appearances take her to Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

Kashkashian has made guest appearances with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir Quartets and toured with a unique quartet which included violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra. In January 2002, ECM New Series released Voci, her recording of two large works by Luciano Berio. The album comprises the title work for viola and orchestra as well as Naturale, a related work for viola and percussion (Robyn Schulkowsky), and archival field recordings of Sicilian folk music. Hayren and Monodia, released in 2003 and 2004, respectively, focus on Kashkashian’s work with the Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

Kashkashian’s extensive teaching activities have included professorships at the University of Indiana in Bloomington and at Conservatories in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. In September 2000, she began teaching viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, of Armenian descent, Kashkashian graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle.

(Source for bio: http://necmusic.edu/faculty/kim-kashkashian?lid=2&sid=3)