Isabel Bayrakdarian and Serouj Kradjian are partners in music, and partners in life.
Soprano Bayrakdarian burst onto the world stage in 2000 when she took first prize in the Operalia Competition, founded by Spanish superstar tenor Placido Domingo. She’s been applauded on the world’s renowned opera stages and concert halls for roles by Mozart, Handel, Poulenc and Heggie.
Pianist Kradjian has also performed worldwide as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras, a chamber musician, and a musical collaborator. He’s currently co-artistic director and pianist for the Amici Ensemble in Toronto.
As children Bayrakdarian and Kradjian had parallel lives, growing up in Lebanon to Armenian parents. They met in Toronto, after their families immigrated to Canada. Their Armenian heritage remains important to them — Bayrakdarians first visit to Armenia was documented in the film A Long Journey Home.
Bayrakdarian and Kradjian collaborated in 2006 on the Juno Award-winning recording of songs by Pauline Viardot-Garcia. Bayrakdarian’s earlier CD, Azulao, won a Juno Award in 2004, and just this year Amici’s recording, Levant, took home the Juno for classical recording of the year, solo or chamber music.
Isabel Bayrakdarian shares the 6 lullabies closest to her heart
Listen: Amici Ensemble's 25th anniversary concert at Koerner Hall
on May 15, 2013