French-Armenian Singer Patrick Fiori to Perform at Armenia Fund Program


NEW YORK — On September 29, French- Armenian singer Patrick Fiori (nee Chouchayan) will perform at the Armenia Fund USA 20th anniversary gala.

Fiori was born in 1969 in Marseille, France to a Corsican mother and an Armenian father. The performance will mark the French-Armenian heartthrob’s American debut.

“The buzz about Patrick Fiori, who has been taking western Europe and other international cities by storm, has already begun to gather momentum in the US,” said Gala Chairperson Vesna Markarian. “Our guests should anticipate a magical evening that only a true showman like Patrick can deliver, appealing to all age groups.”

“We are looking forward to Patrick’s live show for three reasons,” said gala committee member Khoren Bandazian, chairman of Armenia Fund USA and former event committee chairperson for the organiza- tion’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2007.

“First, he’s a charismatic vocalist with an instinct for connecting with his audience. Next, as a French- Armenian, he represents the 22 affiliates worldwide without whom our overall nation-building mission would be impossible. Though our own affiliate will always have special status as the first affiliate of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund, the idea behind the organization is unifying the global diaspora around one cause — the prosperity and security of our homeland. The presence of Patrick reminds us of the international scope of our commitment.”

He concluded, Armenians, we are always proud to see one of us making a positive contribution to the world at large. Patrick Fiori contributes through music and song, the international language of the human spirit.”

Markarian said, “Patrick Fiori is truly versatile as an entertainer. His songs range from musical theater to soundtracks for film to contemporary pop.”

Fiori took his first steps onstage as a singer at the age of 12 at the Opera de Marseille. In 1993, he was chosen to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song, Mama Corsica. He took fourth prize in a competition, which included contestants from 25 countries.

A few years later, he was offered the role as Phoebus in the musical production of “Notre Dame de Paris” — a role he played for three years in both France and Canada.

In 1998, he signed a contract with Sony Music and released his first album, “Prend Moi.” He also lent his voice to the soundtrack of the French ver- sion of the Walt Disney animated film “Mulan” and the DreamWorks production of “The Prince of Egypt.”

These successes were soon followed by the release of three other albums: “Chrysalide” (2000), “Patrick Fiori” (2002) and “Si On Chantait Plus Fort” (2005), which also generated hundreds of live performances in major concert venues.

In 2008, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Budapest, Fiori paid tribute to the film music genre with the album, “Les Choses De La Vie,” inspired by the classic song, Les Montagnes d’Armenie.

On the soundtrack of Henri Verneuil’s film, “Mayrig,” Fiori wrote his own lyrics in memory of his Armenian ancestors. The tour for this album extended to Moscow for a special concert at the Kremlin Theatre.

He has since released a new album, called “L’instinct Masculin,” which ranks among the top- selling records in France. This tour will bring him to Russia, Armenia, Tunisia and other countries around the world.

The gala will be hosted by lawyer Mark Geragos. Eduard Nalbandian, foreign minister of the Republic of Armenia, will give the keynote address.

Tickets are available by invitation, or by ordering online at www.armeniafundusa.org.