Born in Istanbul, Ilda Simonian discovered at an early age a passion for singing. Her personality manifests itself in her passionate interpretation of the melancholic Armenian songs. As a performer, she is a perfectionist, which underlines her professionalism. Her repertoire does not only include the great Armenian composers, but also Western classical music work of such composers as Scarlatti, Mozart, Schubert.

Ilda is a singer with a message, who aims to acquaint her audience with a wide range of Armenian composers and folk songs, introducing them to the venerable liturgical tradition and the work of such composers as Sayat Nova, Komitas, Melikian, Merangulian, Ganachian, Hekimian, Balian, Adjemian, Avedisian, Alemshah and Mazmanian.

Ilda combines professionalism with a good measure of playfulness, authenticity, and sophistication, thus achieving a synthesis which never fails to captivate her audience. With her rich mezzo-soprano and intimate interpretations she has added depth and meaning to the ancient Armenian language and musical tradition. As a soloist accompanied by piano in the Netherlands and neighboring countries on its program recently with pianist Elena Cid Iriarte.

Inspiration

Ilda is a singer with a story: The Armenian culture is an important part of Ilda’s identity. Her mission is to share the richness and power of Armenian music with her audience. “This music moves me deeply. It is so much part of me that it offers support not only when I feel sad, but also when I am happy.”

Ilda has lived in Amsterdam since the early 1990s. “I feel at home in Amsterdam. This city has had a small Armenian community since the 17th century, and after World War II their numbers have only increased. That has stimulated me to share my musical identity with other people.