The French-Armenian musician, Charles Aznavour, widely recognized for his unique tenor voice and still one of our greatest living performers will return to the U.S. once again. Aznavour announced that he would be here for numerous live shows, including one at Hollywood Pantages on Friday, October 28 in “An Evening with Charles Aznavour.”
As not only a singer and songwriter, but also entertainer, actor, author, and humanitarian, Aznavour has performed for presidents, popes, and royalty during his career. He has even performed alongside Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the opera stars, Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Youssou N’Dour and Bob Dylan.
Some of his greatest hits include “La Boheme,” “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” and other classics. He is now an inductee into the Songwriter Hall of Fame and a recipient of the MIDEM Lifetime Achievement Award.
During his incredible career which has spanned eight decades, Aznavour has performed throughout the world. He has also written and recorded more than twelve hundred songs and sold more than one hundred and eighty million records worldwide. His songs have been recorded in eight different languages, and it’s no wonder that CNN and Time Online referred to him as the “Entertainer of the Century” in 1998.
Aznavour is ranked as one of the top singer/songwriters of all time and France’s favorite crooner, with some naming him the “French Frank Sinatra.”
He began his astounding stage performances since his early childhood and was discovered by Edith Piaf, an international star from France, in 1946. For the next two years, Aznavour accompanied Piaf on her tour of France and the United States upon her request. During this time, he got international exposure for the first time which was valuable in the development of his career.
Aznavour later resided in Quebec, Canada, where he wrote many of the songs which are now in his world-renowned signature, as well as several songs for Piaf.
Aznavour started his charity, “Aznavour for Armenia,” following the earthquake in Armenia in 1988. In 1995 he was appointed as the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Armenia to UNESCO and is now also a member of the Armenia Fund International Board of Trustees, which have assisted Armenia since 1992 with humanitarian aid and assisting with infrastructure development.
His humanitarian work has seen him appointed as “Officier of the Légion d’honneur,” as well as the title of National Hero of Armenia, which is Armenia’s highest honor. He also obtained a presidential decree and was granted Armenian citizenship. The Charles Aznavour Museum was established and opened for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia in 2011.
Among his long list of honors, he has also been awarded an Order of the Crown from Belgium, an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal, received the ranking as Officer of the Order of Canada, and an honorary order from Russia for his contributions to improving the cultural relations between France and Russia.
For further information on “An Evening with Charles Aznavour,” visit www.CharlesAznavour.com.