Balkan Folk 2015: Armenian singer wins at international competition

While Armenia has not managed to achieve success in Europe’s biggest pop-music contest, Eurovision, yet, there has been no equal to the Armenian participant in the continent’s folk music contests that were recently held in Bulgaria.

Armenian folk singer Hayk Mkhoyan was the winner of the Balkan Folk 2015 and Voices of Time international song contests held in the city of Veliko Tarnovo among participants from 60 countries.

Armenia participated in the 8th annual contests for the first time and received two gold medals and a Grand Prix already.

The winner of the contest, folk singer Hayk Mkhoyan told reporters on Monday that the two contests held in Bulgaria from 7 to 17 of May were two different festivals, which simply coincided time-wise.

“Two-hundred different groups from 60 countries participated in the first competition – Balkan Folk 2015, not counting individual performers, and another 170 singers participated in the Voices of Time. I presented works by Komitas at both festivals, which were accompanied by videos about Komitas,” he said, referring to the musical pieces by the great Armenian composer (1869-1935).

Mkhoyan said that he was the only singer who performed a cappella, which amazed the juries and the audience even more.

“The winner was identified by the jury, but the opinion of the audience was also considered after each performance. That is why we decided that an a cappella performance will be more impressive and it worked for us,” the artist added.