Winner of The Juilliard School’s 2019 Leo B. Ruiz Carnegie Hall Recital Prize, 24-year old American Mackenzie Melemed has been hailed by the New York Times as “an excellent young pianist.”
Program (Subject to change.)
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Minor BWV 867 (WTC Book I)
Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E Minor WoO 13
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat Major Op.87 No.21
Scarlatti: Sonata in G Major K.55
Beethoven: Sonata in F Major Op.54
Medtner: Sonata Tragica in C Minor Op.39 No.5
~ Intermission ~
Bach: French Suite No.5 in G Major BWV 816
Bartok: Suite Op.14
Poulenc: Trois Pièces
Avner Dorman (b. 1970): Techno from Sonata No.3 “Dance Suite”
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 24-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.
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