Biography

All her life, Nara has been an artist with all her soul: by her parents, her relatives and the surroundings of her childhood in Armenia, by her studies or by her numerous creations.

Born in January 1971 in Erevan, Nara took from her 14th, both piano and accompanying lessons at the High Academy of Music “Komitas” and stage interpretation at the High Academy of Dramatic Art of Erevan. An outstanding feat! Even more, she gets the same year, in 1990, a first prize in both academies!

It’s in theater that she starts her professional life, since she entered in 1986 as a comedian in the National Theater of Stanislavsk, Erevan. But music followed straight away, as she started teaching in 1988 at the Academy of Ararat, Armenia.

As if it wasn’t enough, she made quite an instant entry in the movies world in 1990. She held the supporting role in the movie “Les Maudits”, directed by Keussayantz (studio Armenfilm).

But for Armenia too, France is one of the most influential cultures. She got the leading role, this time in a 1993 Franco-Armenian movie by Mourad Djanibekian (studio M.J.N.) : « Double barrière ».

Nara still had a strong foothold in music, as she was teaching in the Academy “Jardin de Musique” in Courbevoie, France, from 1991 to 1993, then became the principal and teacher at the music school “Monde musical Anna Pavlona” in 1994, in Maison-Alfort, still in France.

1998 is a significant year for Nara: she plays the leading part in the movie “Nostalgie”, directed by Frounsé Dovlatian (studio Armenfilm). She receives the women’s performance first prize at the movie festival of Kouibychev, Russia. The movie Nostalgie was projected in Centre Pompidou, within the cycle of “Armenian cinema”.

Later, Nara came to Belgium. At first, she was headmistress and teacher at the “Monde de la découverte”, an artistic center in Brussels, between 1998 and 2000.

Nevertheless, music never left her. She accompanied a certain number of tours: Maria Kern (2000 -2001), le Bernard L’hoir ensemble (2000 -2003), before setting up her own bands.

Composer, it is only natural to find her on many projects: 2 CD’s of Christian Merveille (1,2,3 piano) in 2000 and « Si c’est comme ça » in 2001, and also a CD sponsored by the Chief Representative of the Children’s Rights, Claude Lelièvre in 2002: « Félicien le magicien »

Nara then started her band in 2003, « Bradyaga » (Nomad) (Home Records), performing on stage and ending up in a first CD « Promesses » in October 2005. All her musicians are big names.

Encounters were on the increase: she composed the entire soundtrack (amongst others, verses sets to music) of Jacques Mercier’s poetic show « Passage », created at the Théâtre le Public in Brussels, in 2006. The show runs, with Nara at the piano and the Bradyaga singer Laurence Waters, in the entire French-speaking world with a huge success.

In September 2006, a tour attracted a lot of attention: « Leyla and Majnun », with the singer from Uzbekistan Sévara Nazarkhan (Realworld Records – Peter Gabriel), and the singer from Tunisia Ghalia Benali, under the leadership of Gerry De Mol (Oblomov - …)

Nara has many projects in every artistic field she’s already tackled. Like “Doucha”, a repertoire of which the original compositions are inspired from Armenian, Slavic and Oriental music, a threesome on stage with Laurence Waters and Tigran Ter Stephanian…

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