Although you are unlikely to know the names of famous locals before your trip to Armenia, on the other hand you are sure to recognise the names of some of the celebrities who came out of the Armenian disapora.
Even before you think about going on a trip to Armenia, you will almost certainly have heard the name of some world famous celebrities who were part of the Armenian exodus.
To the writer William Saroyan, the painter Arshile Gorky and film directors Rouben Mamoulian, Atom Egoyan, and Henri Verneuil, you could add Andre Agassi and Alain Prost.
Or if you are more interested in stars, there are Cher and the Kardashians. And did you know that David Dickinson's mother was Armenian?
Even though he is part of the diaspora, Charles Aznavour deserves a paragraph to himself. Actor, writer, composer, singer and diplomat, Charles Azanour is undoubtedly the most well known Armenian on the planet. He has written more than 1,200 songs in 8 different languages. Over his long career he has sold 180 million albums all over the world. It's impossible to list all his successes without forgetting some but you have surely heard of at least a few like, "Yesterday when I was young", "She" , "It will be my day", "La Boheme" and so many more.
Ultimately local Armenian celebrities are less well known than those of the diaspora. During your stay you might hear some names like the musician, Krikor Arakelian, or the chess player, Levon Aronyan, the popular singer, Noune Yesayan, or the pop singer, Tata Simonyan, the painters Martiros Saryan, Jean Jansem, and Vatche Petrosyan, the pianist Nairi Grigorian, the folk duet Samvel and Jora or the director, Serguei Paradjanov.