"Ilda is really one with her music. She was a revelation to me. She has a very distinctive style which I find appealing, because she inspires the music with her own soul and spirit. Next to the liturgical songs, Armenian music also comprises a folk repertoire, demanding a completely different technique. I have never seen someone perform with such passion. To see her build up this tension and pass it on to her audience was a very exciting thing to witness."
“What struck me was the simplicity of the songs, which were presented straight, with great beauty and purity. I was moved in particular by the emotional content of the melodies, so sad and so full of hope at the same time. This combination of sadness and hopefulness in the songs I found very appealing.”
“Although I do not understand Armenian and cannot follow literally what she is singing about, her rendering touched me in a special way. I think that does her credit. She takes you by the hand and explains what the songs are about. No doubt they are very poetic, but unfortunately I have to go without the details. Her performance made me realize once again that music is a universal language. She presented a beautiful oeuvre, and very obviously possesses the key to it.”
“The Armenian civilization is an ancient culture on the crossroads of East and West, of North and South. That same bridging function is evident in Armenian music, which reflects the three traditions of that society in the past. The liturgical hymns, the so-called sharagans, represent the Armenian Church, while the minstrels’ songs speak of the heroic deeds of the nobles, and the folk songs lend expression to the emotions of common people. Ilda Simonian interprets with great sensitivity the emotions which have been put to words and music in the traditional Armenian vocal genres. Her interpretations build a bridge between the Armenian and Dutch cultures.”