Young Artist Series: Mackenzie Melemed
Wednesday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.

Mackenzie Melemed was born on February 27, 1995 in Newton, Massachusetts. Since 2000, he has performed over 600 concerts for audiences around the world. His first contact with the piano was at the age of four and he quickly developed a passion for music. He began performing local concerts for senior citizens, charitable organizations and at local schools, where he encouraged students to share their talents within their communities. In 2003 at the age of eight, he portrayed the young Mozart in the Discovery Channel series “Medical Mystery.” In 2004 he was asked to perform for President George Bush at a fundraiser in Boston which led to him being invited to play at the White House during the Christmas holidays for five consecutive years. In the summer of 2004 he made sixty appearances at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City in the show “Prodigy.” 

Melemed began formal classical training in 2005 and only one year later he won the grand prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition which resulted in a performance in Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Later that year. In recognition of his contributions to the community, he was the only child to be named an “Everyday Hero” by Anna Maria College in Massachusetts. In 2007, he won the ASCAP Irving Berlin Summer Camp Scholarship, and was asked to perform at the awards ceremony held at Lincoln Center in New York City. In 2008, he appeared on the PBS program “From the Top: Live at Carnegie Hall.” In 2009, Melemed was the second place winner of the Steinway Society of Boston’s Young Artist Competition. The same year he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with The Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he won the first prize at the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition along with the Inge Holleck Prize for the best performance of a Bach Prelude and Fugue. Later that year, Melemed was the youngest finalist in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra competition. In the 2010-11 season he performed Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with The Quincy and Wellesley Symphonies and the New England Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In 2011 he played at the opening gala for the “American Wing” at the MFA in Boston and also made his second appearance on "From the Top." In the summer of 2012, Melemed participated in the New York International Piano Competition and won the Special Prize for the Best Performance of Required Commissioned Etudes written by Avner Dorman, He also won the 5th prize at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition where he was the highest ranking competitor from the United States. 

2013 was a busy year for Melemed. In partnership with the American Spring Music Festival, Melemed gave numerous solo recitals throughout the Czech Republic along with performances in China sponsored by EduBoston, an international student exchange organization. Most recently, Melemed won the 1st Prize at the 18th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition; he was the only competitor from the United States. 

He has participated in numerous piano festivals, including PianoSummer at New Paltz and Banff Piano Masterclass Festival in Alberta, Canada. He has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Vladimir Feltsman, Susan Starr, Stephen Hough, Tamas Ungar, Hamish Milne and Nelita True, among others. Previous teachers include Alexander Korsantia, Olga Rogach, William Smiddy and Dean Arvidson. He will be a junior, pursuing his Bachelor of Music at The Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Robert McDonald.

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