Eileen Khatchadourian

Eileen Khatchadourian

Eileen KhatchadourianBorn in 1978 in Beirut from an Armenian-Lebanese family. Grew up among the sounds of a piano, as her grandmother, father and aunt were all players, licensed from the conservatory of Rome. Which clearly justifies her love of music and classical operas as well as traditional Armenian music and songs.


In 1984 she was learning to play the piano and to sing along, and in 1986, she started performing in schools and plays. Her curiosity and interest in other cultures' music led her to learn African singing in the Ivory Coast where she spent months.


Eileen Khatchadourian is the first Armenian-Lebanese rock singer who performed in Armenian. She started her professional public career by performing LIVE in 1996 in duet, with the Canadian singer Mario Pelchat, at the age of 18, she won the “Celine Dion” singing part out of more then 200 candidates. A year after, in 1997, she recorded her first single “Lamma”, oriental jazz, an EMC production.


In 1997, Eileen met with Guy Manoukian, the famous pianist, who asked her to join him as his solist singer. One of her biggest performances with Guy Manoukian in 1999 was at the UNESCO Palace, Lebanon, a Christmas concert attended by 5000 people. They also performed many times at the Assembly Hall, American University of Beirut, and appeared in many other events, in Beirut, and many other Arab countries. For almost 7 years she performed with Guy, on stage and recorded many titles in his first CD's.


In 2000-2001 she performed in a Swiss-Lebanese production play, ”Sindbad de pere en fils” a play by Paul Matar, directed by Patrick Mohr, she sang in Arabic, and they toured in Lebanon, Geneva and Paris.


Between 2000 and 2005 she specialized in Armenian traditional singing, and attended the Roy Hart theater program, in Paris, which shows how to explore your real voice. She recorded her first album Abaka, in French, with a touch of Armenian influence, with ENZO production in Paris. The CD 's launching got interrupted because of the war in Lebanon. Abaka is under construction.


During Lebanon's war in 2006, Eileen had to move to Dubai, where she got noticed, and in March 2007, she performed LIVE at the Charity Ball for Lebanon's children of war the French part of the song, and it was a huge success. The CD was recorded and available for the audience.


It 's been years that Eileen is considering an Armenian album project, since she left Paris actually, 2 years ago, and she came out with the idea, on recording an Armenian rock CD with a gothic touch, old Armenian traditional songs. And in August-September 2007 she started the recording sessions with her musicians. The album is called “Midan”, it will be launched in April-May 2008.


Her flexible, expressive and intense voice goes from mezzo-soprano to alto allowing her to sing different styles, from Jazz to Blues to traditional Armenian, to Oriental, to French and of course Rock!


She confessed in one of her interviews in Al Nahar “when I am on stage, I feel home ….”