15-Year-Old Junior Eurovision Winner Performs In Boston, Berklee Program

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Armenian 15-year-old winner of the 2021 Junior Eurovision competition brought her performance to Boston at Armenian Heritage Park on Sunday.

Arpine Martoyan, known by her professional stage name Maléna, performed her winning song “Qami Qaml” on the Rose Kennedy Greenway presented by The Armenian Scholarship Fund at Berklee College of Music & Friends.

Maléna received the Armenian Scholarship allowing her to attend the Berklee summer program, Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive. The immersive musical program offers one-on-one instruction and has helped pave the way for well-known musical artists like Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth.

Christina Azarian, who established the Armenian Scholarship fund said, "I went to Berklee and the whole time I was there I thought more Armenians should be on campus."

Berklee's Armenian Scholarship Fund was established with the intention to raise money for talented young Armenian musicians in need.

The fund says chosen musicians for the scholarship "have the potential to make a significant contribution to society through music."

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Maléna won the Junior Eurovision competition for Armenia when she was only 14-years-old. She was crowned winner after 19 performances around France competing against singers from 19 participating countries.

"This is a great experience for musicians because you meet a lot of people, you learn so (many) things you didn't know about," Maléna told WBZ's Carl Stevens.

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