Pianist Mackenzie Melemed to Perform at Laumeister Art Center
Pianist Mackenzie Melemed will perform at Southern Vermont College’s Laumeister Art Center Wednesday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.
At the age of three, Melemed received his first keyboard from his grandfather. After taking a piano course, he performed concerts for senior citizens, charitable organizations, and students. In 2001, Melemed appeared on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” A series of events led to performances for President George W. Bush and five annual appearances at The White House.
Through his exposure to classical music at Polly van der Linde’s Summer Sonatina piano camp in Bennington, Vt., Melemed started formal training in 2005. Within a year, Melemed won the grand prize at the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, which resulted in his debut performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Through his success at the 2008 Music Worcester Young Artists Competition, he received support from local donors and enrolled at Bancroft School, a private K-12 school in Worcester, Mass. He accompanied the school’s musicals, and to this day continues to perform medleys from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys and Dolls.”
In 2012, Melemed won the 5th prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in Utah and the following year gave a recital tour of Czech Republic. Melemed studied Finnish, one of the most difficult languages, at Columbia University. He won the 1st prize and Chamber Music Prize at the 4th Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Helsinki.
Melemed took an interest in the music of Israeli-American composer Avner Dorman. In 2012, he won the Commissioned Etudes Prize at the New York International Piano Competition. He is devoted to educating his audiences by explaining compositional styles and discusses historical circumstances behind a work’s conception.
Melemed has been accepted in the highly selective Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree under the teaching of Robert McDonald. He has worked with distinguished artists, including Emanuel Ax, Vladimir Feltsman, Stephen Hough, Robert Levin, Susan Starr, and Nelita True.
General admission to the concert is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, veterans, and AAA members; students and children are admitted free. For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit artcenter.svc.edu. The Laumeister Art Center is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington.