ERNA

YUZBASHYAN

(DECEMBER 16, 1958)

 

BORN: YEREVAN, ARMENIA

GRADUATED: STATE MUSICAL COLLEGE OF BAKU

GENRES: JAZZ, ARMENIAN R&B

MUSICAL AWARDS:

  • 1981 - First prize winner at the All-Union Contest of Young Performers of Soviet Song, Dnepropetrovsk.
  • 1981 - Laureate, second prize at the international competition "Red Carnation", Sochi.
  • 1981 - Laureate of the All-Union Television Song Festival "Song 81"
  • 1985 - Laureate of the All-Union Television Song Festival "Song 85"
  • 1987 - Laureate, third prize at the Intervision contest in Belgrade "Places 87"
  • 1989 - Lenin Komsomoluh of Armenia for the Soviet Socialist Republic
  • 2015 - Honorary artist of Armenia.

Biography


Erna was born on December 16, 1958 in Yerevan, Armenia. Her first performance was at the age of 16, as a soloist of state jazz quartet, “Gaya” 

She lived in Baku until about the age of 21, and after graduation from Baku’s state musical college in 1979, she returned to Yerevan. 

In 1980, she performed with the "Serpantin" vocal-instrumental ensemble in Ukraine and Moldova and collaborated with Armenian composer Robert Amirkhanyan while participating in music competitions and festivals. In 1982, she began performing with the Armenian State Musical Orchestra led by Konstantin Orbelyan.

Around 1984, she began to perform as a solo singer, and later was invited to teach vocals at Yerevan State Jazz College in 1988. 

After teaching at YSJC, she was invited to work at State Song Theater of Armenia led by National Artist of Armenia Arthur Grigoryan in 1991. Later in 1994, she relocated to Los Angeles, California for permanent residence and continued to work as a singer while actively participating in the cultural life of the Armenian and Russian diaspora.

In 2015, she celebrated 35 years on stage with a solo concert in Gyumri, Stepanakert, and was awarded as an “Honorary Artist of Armenia”.