Ave Maria by 17 composers. Total Time 69:37. Armenian-born soprano Ellada Chakoyan is a top prize winner of the Maria Callas International Competition in Athens and other voice competitions in Moscow, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldavia. Her education in Armenia was followed by training at Opera La Scala in Milan, where she received a special prize and medal from both Milan's Department of Culture and the Conservatory of Giuseppe Verdi for her "Excellence in Italian grand opera interpretation." Dubbed "the Armenian Nightingale" in Milan, Chakoyan has appeared in major opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her performances as a soloist and as prima donna of Opera Yerevan have been broadcast on Russian and Armenian radio and television. Ms. Chakoyan has performed with orchestras in the U.S.A. and with the national orchestras of Russia, Poland, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldavia and Rumania. She has lived in New York! since 1989. Rouben Aivazian, organist, a PhD graduate of Moscow's Tschaikowsky Conservatory, teaches piano in New York. He was formerly Professor of Piano at the State Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Armenian State Conservatory. Mr. Aivazian has performed in more than 100 concerts with the National Philharmonic Orchestras of Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Lithuania, and was engaged as a solo pianist with the Russian State Concert Company "Lenconcert" in St. Petersburg from 1976-1991. He is the winner of several international piano contests. Recording Producer and Engineer: Marnie Hall. Recorded at the Saint Vartan Cathedral in New York City. DDD. Cover Painting: inside a church in Armenia. Graphic Design: Marnie Hall. This recording is made possible with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. © Leonarda Productions, Inc., 1995. All rights reserved. Made in the USA.