Winner of The Juilliard School’s 2019 Leo B. Ruiz Carnegie Hall Recital Prize, 25-year old American Mackenzie Melemed has been hailed by the New York Times as “an excellent young pianist.”
(Approximately 1 hour.)
Gershwin: Three Preludes
Bach: French Suite No.5 in G major BWV 816
Beethoven: Sonata in F major Op.54
Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp major Op.15 No.2
Chopin: Nocturne in A-flat major Op.32 No.2
Debussy: Hommage à Rameau (from Images Book I)
Gottschalk: The Banjo
Grieg: Violin Sonata No.2 first movement (Max Tan, violin)
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When Melemed was only 3 years old, his grandfather bought him a keyboard at a yard sale, leading to his enrollment in a beginner piano course. Performances at local senior centers soon became a weekly occurrence and by the time he turned 7, he had given over 200 concerts for senior citizens and charitable organizations. A series of small local performances led him to Washington D.C. in 2004, when he was invited to perform at the White House’s holiday open house for five consecutive years. In 2007, only one year after beginning classical training, Melemed won the grand prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and gave his Carnegie Hall debut. Before heading to college, Melemed won fifth prize at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in Utah and the Commissioned Etudes Prize at the 2012 New York International Piano Competition. His recording of Avner Dorman’s Three Etudes was released on the Steinway and Sons label in 2018.
He is the winner of Juilliard’s 2019 Leo B. Ruiz Carnegie Hall Recital Prize and 2018 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize, along with the 2018 Paris Recital Prize from Poland’s Prix de Tarnów Competition and the First Prize at the 2017 Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Helsinki.
This 25-year-old American pianist is studying in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax while also performing on the international stage. He has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is also a graduate of Juilliard’s accelerated five-year dual-degree program.
In May 2019, he won third prize at the first China International Music Competition. In the final round, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing.
He owes his successes to a tremendous musical upbringing and to the constant support and love from his family. Former teachers include Dean Arvidson, Alexander Korsantia, Olga Rogach and William Smiddy. He has worked with distinguished artists such as Vladimir Feltsman, Pavel Gililov, Stephen Hough, Robert Levin, Susan Starr, Nelita True and Arie Vardi, among many others.
Born in Rockville Maryland in 1993, Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan has been praised as “eloquent” by the New York Times and a “warmly rhapsodic player” by the Boston Globe. The recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association, Mr. Tan has been featured on WNYC/WQXR and Belgian radio Musiq3 and Canvas as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. Appearing as soloist with many orchestras including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Lowell Philharmonic, Longwood Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth, and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestras, he has also performed on prominent stages in the United States and Europe as recitalist and chamber musician.