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Post  Alena on Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:32 pm

Inga and Anush ArshakyansI



Background information
Birth name Inga Arshakyan
Anush Arshakyan
Born Inga - March 18, 1982
Anush - December 24, 1980
Armenia, Yerevan
Origin Armenian
Genre(s) folk, pop folk, folk rock
Website http://www.ingaanush.am/


Inga and Anush Arshakyans (Armenian: Ինգա և Անուշ Արշակյաններ) collectively known as the Arshakyan Sisters, are two Armenian folk singers and song-writers. The sisters represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, qualifying from the first semi-final and eventually finishing in 10th place in the final.Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Early lives
1.2 2000-2003 Musical beginning
1.3 Eurovision Song Contest 2009
2 Discography
2.1 Albums
2.2 Singles

Biography

Early lives

Anush Arshakyan was born on December 24, 1980 in Yerevan. She studied and graduated from S.Aslamazyan music school, class of piano. In 1994 she gained the first place and was awarded audience prize in "Sonorous voices" competition that took place in Omsk city. In this period she started promoting her activity as composer/author. Later on her creations had great success. As soon as she graduated from the music school in 1997-2001 she entered and graduated A.Babajanyan music collage, class of piano. In 1999, she made her debut as a soloist together with Armenia State Philarmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Since 2001 to 2005 she has studied and graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory, jazz-vocal class.

Inga Arshakyan was born on March 18, 1982, in Yerevan. She also graduated from S.Aslamazyan music school and A.Babajanyan music college, class of violin in 1997. Parallel with her studies she was working in the G.Achemyan ensemble of violinists. She went on tours with the ensemble to the Armenia provinces. In 1998 Inga joined her sister and together they promoted their activities. Not only duets, but also arias, where the violin plays a great role, are present in the repertoire. In 2002 graduating the class of the strings of music college following her sister she entered Yerevan State Conservatory, jazz vocal class and graduated it in 2005.

2000-2003 Musical beginning

In 2000 Inga and Anush entered State Song Theater of Armenia. Both of them performed national, ethnic songs and songs written by A.Grigoryan and Anush. They sang in many cities of Armenia as soloists of song theatre.

In September 2002 they left for US for the concert tour with soloists of song theatre. After the concerts at "Alex" theatre in Los Angeles, sisters immediately got an offer to appear on the same stage with solo concerts. The song theater left for Tehran with same program.

In 2002 Armenian variety song festival "Golden Lyre 2002" congratulated Anush and Inga in "Sympathy of audience" nomination. In Ferbuary 2003 sols concert program "Seasons of life" was prepared, the producer was A.Grigoryan. Ethnic, national as well as modern songs were included in the musical performance, as well as songs to the accompaniment of violin, guitar and piano.

In March solo concerts of Inga and Anush took place in "Alex" theater. At the same time their first CD "We and our mountains" has been released. This was followed by invitations to appear on the stage with the same program in New York, Toronto, Argentina and Paris. hi

Eurovision Song Contest 2009

The Arshakyan Sisters were chosen by the Armenian public on 14 February 2009, to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 to be held in Moscow, Russia, with the song "Jan Jan".[1][2][3]

"Our song for Eurovision is written in the genre of folk, with elements of contemporary music trends" - said Anush Arshakyan at the press conference before the travel to Moscow. Song music is composed by Mane Akopyan, and lyrics by Avet Barseghyan (Armenian part) and Vardan Zadoyan (English part), arrangement has been prepared by Ara (Murzik) Torosyan. In her words their goal is to represent Armenian folk music in a new way. "Small countries like Armenia should always take part in contests such as Eurovision, to present their culture to the world", - said the singer. "Contest success depends not only on the artists, but from our side we will try to do everything to achive victory in Moscow", said Anush Arshakyan, adding that they will start preparations immediately. [4]

The song successfully won a place in the Eurovision final on May 16, winning one of ten spots from the first semi final on May 12. They eventually finished in 10th place with 92 points. Although it was Armenia's worst performance in the Eurovision, it gave the country a fourth successive top ten placing.

Discography

Albums
2003 : We and our mountains (album)
2006 : Tamzara (album)

Singles
2008 : Gutan (album)
2009 : Jan Jan

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