Dorians (band)

Dorians is an Armenian rock band founded in June 2008 by Vahagn Gevorgyan. In February 2009 the band participated at the first qualifying round of the international Eurovision Song Contest, which brought popularity to the band.

In 2013 Dorians represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö.

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Dorians performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Background information
OriginYerevan, Armenia
Years active2008–present
LabelsDorians Production
MembersGor Sujyan
Gagik Khodavirdi
Arman Pahlevanyan
Edgar Sahakyan
Arman Jalalyan


In April 2009 Dorians won the "Best Newcomer" award at the annual Tashir Music Awards in Moscow. In June of the same year, the band performed its first big concert celebrating its one-year anniversary in Yerevan.

Meeting legendary musicians Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) the band Dorians had a charity concert within the frame of the project Rock Aid Armenia and provided the profit to the reconstruction of a music school in Gyumri, Armenia.

In November 2010 the band performed four solo concerts in Moscow. During the same year the band was announced as the "Best Rock Band of the Year" at the National Music Awards of Armenia. In 2011 Dorians won the "Best Rock Band of the Year",[1] the "Best Video of the Year" and the "Best Vocal of the Year" awards at the National Music Awards of Armenia.

In April 2011 the band recorded its first album, the mixing of which was done in Brussels, Belgium at the "ICP" Studios, the mastering was done at the "Translab" mastering studio in Paris, France. In August 2011 Dorians was invited to perform at the opening act of Serj Tankian's (System of a Down) concert in Yerevan.[2][3]

On 13 December 2011 the band won the "Rock Number One" and the "Man Number One" awards at the radio award VAN Music Awards 2011.[4]

On 22 December 2011 the band Dorians presented their first album named "Fly". On 10 September 2012 at the Sports and Concerts Complex after Karen Demirchyan and on 13 September 2012 at the Nagorno-Karabakh the band Dorians had a concert with keyboard player Derek Sherinian, along with special guest Glenn Hughes.[5][6]

In 2013 Dorians represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, with the song "Lonely Planet".[7] The song went to compete in the second semi-final on 16 May 2013, and qualified for the final, placing 7th with a total of 69 points, receiving 12 points from France. In the final, Armenia placed 18 in a field of 26 songs, with a score of 41 points.

Band members

Current members

(All 2008–present)

  • Gor Sujyan – lead vocals
  • Gagik "Gagas" Khodavirdi – lead guitar
  • Arman Pahlevanyan – keyboards
  • Edgar Sahakyan – bass
  • Arman Jalalyan – drums, percussion


  1. ^ Glen Vella at the Armenian National Music Awards Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Serj Tankian Performs Open-Air Concert in Yerevan
  3. ^ Serj Tankian is Again in Yerevan Archived 26 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ VAN Music Awards – 2011
  5. ^ Dorians show with Derek Sherinian & Glenn Hughes
  6. ^ "Deep Purple" legendary group member Glenn Hughes to take part in Dorians concert
  7. ^ Gor Sujyan will represent Armenia – EBU

External links

Preceded by
with "Boom Boom"
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Aram Mp3
with "Not Alone"

Dorian may refer to:

Dorians, one of the main ethnic divisions of ancient Greeks

Doric Greek, the dialect spoken by the Dorians


Yerevan ( YERR-ə-VAHN; Armenian: Երևան [jɛɾɛˈvɑn] (listen), sometimes spelled Erevan) is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I at the western extreme of the Ararat plain. Erebuni was "designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital." By the late ancient Armenian Kingdom, new capital cities were established and Yerevan declined in importance. Under Iranian and Russian rule, it was the center of the Erivan Khanate from 1736 to 1828 and the Erivan Governorate from 1850 to 1917, respectively. After World War I, Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia as thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire arrived in the area. The city expanded rapidly during the 20th century as Armenia became part of the Soviet Union. In a few decades, Yerevan was transformed from a provincial town within the Russian Empire to Armenia's principal cultural, artistic, and industrial center, as well as becoming the seat of national government.

With the growth of the Armenian economy, Yerevan has undergone major transformation. Much construction has been done throughout the city since the early 2000s, and retail outlets such as restaurants, shops, and street cafés, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied. As of 2011, the population of Yerevan was 1,060,138, just over 35% of the Republic of Armenia's total population. According to the official estimate of 2016, the current population of the city is 1,073,700. Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO. Yerevan is an associate member of Eurocities.Of the notable landmarks of Yerevan, Erebuni Fortress is considered to be the birthplace of the city, the Katoghike Tsiranavor church is the oldest surviving church of Yerevan and Saint Gregory Cathedral is the largest Armenian cathedral in the world, Tsitsernakaberd is the official memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, and several opera houses, theatres, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Yerevan Opera Theatre is the main spectacle hall of the Armenian capital, the National Gallery of Armenia is the largest art museum in the Republic of Armenia and shares a building with the History Museum of Armenia, and the Matenadaran repository contains one of the largest depositories of ancient books and manuscripts in the world.

 Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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