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Armenian-Hungarian singer Viktória Avedikian was born in England and started out learning to play guitar at the music school in Kazincbarcika. She continued her education in Budapest and Miskolc, where she studied solo voice, winning first prize at the National Folk Music Competition in 1996 with an a cappella performance of Armenian folk songs. After representing Armenian vocal music alongside several bands over the years, she founded her own ensemble, the classically configured Komitasz, in 2010. Pursuing her vocal training in parallel with her studies in philosophy, she was also for some years a regular participant at the International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely, where she took part in courses run by Adrienne Csengery, Yevgeny Nesterenko, Cornelia Kallisch and Balázs Kovalik. For years, she has also improved her skills at master classes held by Maria Teresa Uribe and Katalin Schultz, and has also attended courses led by Angela Császár, Nicholas Clapton, Judit Németh, Walter Moore and Júlia Hamari. She received her bachelor's degree in solo voice, voice pedagogy and chamber singing at the University of Miskolc's Béla Bartók Institute of Music in 2008 as a student of Gabriella Magyar's in 2008 and her master's in voice pedagogy under Dr. Annamária Schmiedt in 2012. She has added her alto voice to numerous choirs in Budapest and Miskolc, and has also sung as an auxiliary with the Hungarian National Choir, the National Theatre of Miskolc Chorus, the Hungarian Radio Choir and the Budapest Studio Chorus. She has also been featured as a soloist at many concerts and festivals both in Hungary and abroad, singing material ranging from the Baroque to modern music. Her repertoire of diverse multi-cultural songs also extends to opera arias and roles, as well as the mezzo-soprano and alto solo parts of some rarely heard oratorios, including the roles of the Bergère, the Squirrel and the Owl (in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Örzse (Háry János), the second and third ladies (Die Zauberflöte), the Mother (in a revised version of Mendelssohn's Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde titled 'The Golden Thread'), the second and third noble orphans (Der Rosenkavalier) and the Third Odalisque (In Ferenc Farkas's The Magic Cupboard). She has been a member of the Hungarian State Opera Chorus since 2013, singing in the second alto section. Named a titular soloist in 2017, she also sings there as a soloist. Her singing teacher is Zsuzsanna Bazsinka.
Viktória Avedikian