ELVINA

MAKARIAN

(AUGUST 16, 1950 - JULY 9, 2007)

 

BORN: YEREVAN, ARMENIA

GRADUATED: MUSIC SCHOOL OF CHAYKOVSKI, MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF KOMITAS

GENRES: JAZZ, ARMENIAN R&B

WEBSITE: ELVINAMUSIC.COM

Biography


At age 12, she participated in a music festival at the Philharmonic Hall of Yerevan. At 14 years old, she received an invitation to be the soloist of Robert Amirkhanyan's newly opened jazz band. And just 2 years later she received another offer, from Constantin Orbelyan, to join his Yerevan State Entertainment Band (Armenian State Jazz Big Band), where she worked for a long time and performed the songs of Armenian composers and classic jazz.

Later Elvina became the soloist of the Entertainment Ensemble of Radio & Television of Armenia. In 1973, Elvina was awarded with the Grand-Prize at the First World Music Awards in Moscow and later that year she received her second Grand-Prize at the 10th World Music Awards in Berlin. With growing recognition around the world, she launched a world tour throughout France, Canada, Syria, Italy, Germany, England and other countries.

Throughout her career she composed music and wrote lyrics for more than 800 songs, shaping Armenian music and influencing many generations.

Elvina resided in the United States where she released three CDs and numerous music videos. Continuing recording and composing songs for herself as well as for other artists, she reopened her Music Studio where she trained new voices and discovered new young talent.