Armenia: Luara Hayrapetyan sings Barcelona / Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Song title: Barcelona
11-year-old Luara Hayrapetyan also known as Lara was born on September 29, 1997 in Astrakhan, Russia and studies in gymnasium #3 and a music school # 20. Since 4 Lara studies vocal, attends ballroom dancing classes, at the age of 7 entered a musical school, studies at children pop music studio "Vesnushki" of Astrakhangasprom cultural centre "Victoria", where she is also the lead soloist.
Being the citizen of Armenia though, she spends a lot of time in Kapan and takes saxophone, vocal and dance classes.
She has been participating in a number of contests and festivals since 5-year-old period, represented Russia and Armenia.
Year 2004 I Prize Winner of the International Contest "Malen'kie Zvezdochki" (Tuapse, All-Russian Children Center "Orlenok")
Year 2005 I Prize Winner of the International Festival "Childhood Without Borders" (Moscow, Russia)
November 2006, May 2007 Laureate of "Gasprom" OJSC in "Estrada Vocal" nomination (Kazan, Russia)
Year 2007 Grand Prix Winner of the All-Russian Contest "Volzhskie Sozvezdiya" (Samara, Russia); the I Prize Winner of the VI All-Russian Contest "Voices of XXI Century" (Anapa, Russia)
January 2008 Diploma Winner of VII City Festival of Young Pianists "Music Rainbow"; best among pupils of 4th form in knowledge of English
April 2008 I Prize Winner in "Voices of XXI Century" interregional final (Vladimir, Russia)
Year 2008 Grand Prix Winner of "Slavyanski Bazaar in Vitebsk" Junior Edition, winner of the "Lira" Special Prize (Belarus)
Year 2009 qualified for the International Final of "New Wave Junior" contest (Moscow, Russia)
Since 2005 Astrakhan Regional Government granted the scholarship for the achievements in the fields of art and creativity.
Luara has already recorded 4 albums: "Pochemuchka", "Krasnaya Shapochka", "Sokhrani" and "Shokoladka". There are several music videos that she managed to release.
Luara has managed to take part in the National Selections for the Junior Eurovision Song Contests in Russia (year 2006, II place), and Armenia (year 2008, III place).
Luara dreams to become a Jazz Singer and her music idols are Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Lisa Minelli.
Her favorite school subjects are Physical Training, Math, Russian language and History. She also plays big tennis and swims in the pool during the time of leisure. Luara's favorite animals are horses and she dreams to have one. She also likes travelling, learning new things in foreign countries and she has already done it to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, and Malta.
Luara's favorite quote is Mark Twain's "When in doubt tell the truth" ("Following the Equator") and her favorite book is "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".
Luara and her brother are huge football fans, playing football on the grass in the yard with their friends. During the Manchester United vs Barcelona game their whole family jumped up shouting "Goal, Barcelona!" and this became the main plot for her song.
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