Principal 2nd Violin – Komische Oper Berlin
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Klagenfurt Conservatorium; Hochschule für Musik
Melinda Watzel was born in Melbourne and began to play the violin when she was 8 years old. After winning numerous prizes and awards in Australia, she began her studies at the Klagenfurt Conservatorium and from 1991-1995 was a student of Prof. Igor Ozim at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.
In 1995 she moved to Berlin after being accepted into the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1996 she was the winner of the Australian Music Foundation prize in London. From 1999-2002 she completed a post graduate performance degree at the UdK Berlin. From 1998-2001 she was a scholarship holder of the Villa Musica foundation. Melinda has been a member of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2002, and Principal of the 2nd Violins since 2009. She plays regularly as guest principal in many European orchestras. Melinda is a valued member of the Australian World Orchestra and has played in many seasons.
Last updated 2020