LOS ANGELES—Legendary Armenian singer Flora Martirosyan, 55, passed away on Tues., Nov. 20, in Burbank, Calif., following complications resulting from an earlier gall-bladder surgery.
Martirosyan was born on Feb. 5, 1957 in Gyumri, Soviet Armenia, and was the youngest in a family of four children. Having inherited vocal skills from her mother, the young singer took part in the “Garoun 73” song contest, placing first among 800 participants. Later, as a soloist at a state folk orchestra, she toured over 70 countries while also studying at “Yerevan State Conservatory after Komitas.”
In 1991, Martirosyan emigrated to the U.S. with her husband, but returned to Armenia where, from 1997 to 2001, she headed a Yerevan-based Music School after Armen Tigranyan. In 2002, she established the “International Music Academy after Komitas” in the U.S.
In 2006, Martirosyan initiated a “Pan-Armenian Song Contest Festival.” In 2008, she, jointly with Michael Stone, created the international organization “Artists for Peace” to raise awareness of crimes against humanity. In 2011, she initiated the Never Again Peace Concert featuring world-famed artists Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Pras, and Malina Moyem, united in a cause against injustice.
Martirosyan is survived by her two children and husband.