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Violaine Melançon

Violin, Peabody Trio

Violaine Melançon is a member of the Peabody Trio and serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, where the trio has been ensemble-in-residence since 1987. Since winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, The Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. As a member of the Peabody Trio, Ms. Melançon gave a New York debut in 1990 at Alice Tully Hall and has since performed in the most important chamber music series in North America, including New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Denver, Vancouver, Montreal, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Indianapolis, Dallas, Honolulu, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland, St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia. With them, Ms. Melançon tours internationally, frequently performing in England, making repeat appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Japan and Israel.

An artist deeply dedicated to the range of violin and chamber music repertoire, she has a special affection for the music of today and is a serious interpreter of works of Gyorgy Kurtag, Mauricio Kagel and Zhou Long. The Israeli composer Shulamit Ran wrote a violin concerto for her and she has premiered several works by other leading composers. Among the artists with whom she enjoys collaborating are pianists Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Peter Frankl, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and violist Roger Tapping.

During the spring of 2012, she presented the complete works for solo violin by J.S. Bach, a project which will continue for the next few years.

Ms. Melançon is from Quebec, Canada. After receiving First Prize in violin at the Conservatoire de Musique, she continued her studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music, with Isadore Tinleman at the San Francisco Conservatory and with Arthur Grumiaux in Belgium. While at Curtis, she was a member of the Nisaika Quartet, prize winner of the 8th International String Quartet competition in Evian, France. Ms. Melançon is also the recipient of many awards for solo performance including the 1984 Prix d’Europe. In 1983, she formed the Knopp-Melançon Duo, an artistic collaboration which would eventually expand to become the Peabody Trio. In 1987, as a result of having been appointed USIA Artistic Ambassadors, the duo toured abroad extensively and made their Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center. Since then, her activities as a chamber musician, soloist with orchestras, and teacher have taken her to major music centers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. During the summer, she gives yearly masterclasses at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, teaches regularly  at NOI, the National Orchestral Institute and Festival, and serves on the faculty of Yellow Barn, an international gathering of artists who meet each summer to explore the vast riches of the chamber music repertoire. Ms. Melançon’s performances can be heard on the Naxos, Artek, CRI, and New World Records labels.