Hovanesian, Datevik [Oganesyan [Khovanesyan], Tatevik]
- Walter Ojakäär
[Oganesyan [Khovanesyan], Tatevik]
(b Yerevan, Armenian SSR [now Armenia], June 3, 1955). Armenian singer and educator. She grew up in a musical family and began singing jazz as a child; when she was 13 she made her first recording, a version of Harold Arlen’s It’s only a paper moon, for Armenian radio. Having studied choral conducting at the Melikyan Music School in Yerevan (graduating in 1974) she sang with the Armenian State Variety Orchestra under the bandleader Konstantin Orbelyan (1974–7); later she worked with groups led by Igor Bril, Vladimir Chekasin, Aleksey Kuznetsov, Lembit Saarsalu, and Tiit Paulus. Her international career began at festivals in Belgrade (1978) and Debrecen, Hungary (1985); later she performed throughout Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the USA, where she settled in 1989. Before leaving the USSR she recorded Dnevnïe mechtï (1986, Mel. C60 23665000), and she was the soloist in a concerto for voice and orchestra by Konstantin Petrosyan, recorded that same year. In the USA she sang with Frank Wess, Larry Willis, Ben Riley, Paquito D’Rivera, and others, and recorded the albums ...