2019, 2015

Melina van Leewen

Harp

Freelance – Soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer, Australia; 2015 AWO Academy Player

Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Australian National University, Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Harpist Melina van Leeuwen performs nationally as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer.

An avid chamber music artist, she is a founding member of the Chrysalis Trio, formed together with flautist Kiran Phatak and violist Katie Yap during their time at the Australian National Academy of Music. Chrysalis has been awarded the ANAM Artists program for 2019. Melina was a featured soloist for the Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2019 Tenth Birthday Gala Concert and for the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s opening 2016 concert series ‘Classical Visions.’ She has appeared with the Australian World Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and regularly performs with Orchestra Victoria, and both the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Selected performances include the 2014 World Harp Congress; 2017 Dark MOFO festival; 2018 MOFO festival; 2016 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 a National Undergraduate Scholarship at the Australian National University, Melina completed a Bachelor of Music in 2012 with a High Distinction average under the tutelage of Alice Giles. Previously, Melina studied with Xanya Mamunya and Jacinta Dennett. In 2016 she received an Australian Postgraduate Award at Melbourne University, where she is currently completing her PhD investigation into the philosophical writings of twentieth-century harpist Carlos Salzedo. In 2017 Melina was awarded a Norman Macgeorge Travelling Scholarship that enabled her to conduct archival research for her PhD in the United States and Switzerland, at such institutions as the Curtis Institute of Music and the Paul Sacher Stiftung, and to work on Salzedo repertoire with harpist Heidi Lehwalder.

Last updated 2018