Melina van Leeuwen
Freelance; Harp – Chrysalis Trio; 2015 AWO Academy Player
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Australian National University, Australian National Academy of Music
Harpist Melina van Leeuwen performs nationally as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. She has appeared as principal harp with the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria/the Australian Ballet, Victorian Opera, and the Melbourne, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Highlights for Melina as a featured soloist have included multiple Sydney Symphony Fellowship Chamber Concerts in 2022, the Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2019 Tenth Birthday Gala Concert and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s opening 2016 concert series. Festival performances include the 2014 World Harp Congress; the Dark MOFO and MOFO festivals; Port Fairy Spring Music Festival; Canberra International Music Festival; Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music; and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.
A recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award at Melbourne University, Melina completed her PhD investigation into the music and written essays of twentieth-century harpist Carlos Salzedo in late 2020.
Last updated 2023