“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.”

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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.