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Armenian Culture, Science and Education Development Foundation
09/02/2015

Concert commemorates Armenian Genocide

Bayrakdarian

Four-time JUNO Award winner Isabel Bayrakdarian

Press & Guide, Detroit – The Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Michigan presents Grammy Award-nominated Armenian Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian in concert with her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian, and the Henrik Karapetyan String Quartet in ”My Songs, My Heritage”.
Concert selections include Armenian sacred hymns, folk songs, chamber music and 20th century songs, with English surtitles.
Bayrakdarian, a Canadian of Armenian heritage, immigrated to Canada as a teen. She graduated from the University of Toronto cum laude with a degree in biomedical engineering science in 1997, the same year she was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.
Her opera career, now in its second decade, makes her an eagerly anticipated artist at opera houses and concert halls worldwide. Celebrated for her multi-hued voice as well as her beauty, presence and style, Bayrakdarian’s career expands beyond opera.
She is a featured vocalist on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack of Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers, and topped Billboard charts as a guest soloist with the Canadian band Delerium on their 2007 Grammy nominated dance remix Angelicus.
Bayrakdarian won four consecutive Juno Awards, presented to Canadian musical artists for outstanding achievement in the recording industry, from 2004 to 2007, for classical album of the year, vocal or instrumental, for Azulao, Cleopatra, Viardot-Garcia: Lieder Chansons Canzone Mazurkas, and Mozart: Arie e Duetti.
Bayrakdarian received a Grammy nomination for the BBC-produced short film HOLOCAUST – A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz. She was also the focus of a Canadian television Gemini-nominated film, A Long Journey Home, documenting her first trip to Armenia.

 

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