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FREE special event with award-winning pianist Mackenzie Melemed

Mackenzie Melemed, pianist, born in Newton, Massachusetts, was a Prize Winner of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. In addition to his prize for the best performance of the Foundation’s required commissioned work "3 Etudes by Avner Dorman," he frequently appears on the Foundation's Young Artists Series, a program of concerts throughout New York, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.

In 2017, Mackenzie garnered the First Prize at the Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Finland, as well as the First Prize for Chamber Music; the Jakov Flier International Piano Competition, Second Prize; and the Iowa International Piano Competition, First Prize/ Commissioned Work.

In 2014, Mackenzie won First Prize at the 18th International Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. He was also awarded top prizes in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition, 2010 Steinway Society of Boston Young Artist Competition, and the 2010 A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition.

In 2013, he performed in the Czech Republic in partnership with the American Spring Music Festival, and throughout China as part of an educational exchange between EduBoston and its partner schools in Guiyang and Wuhan. Mackenzie attended the Banff Piano Masterclass Festival in Alberta, Canada, and the PianoSummer, institute and festival under the direction of Vladimir Feltsman.

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 performed at the opening gala for the “American Wing” at the MFA in Boston and also made his second appearance on "From the Top."

Mackenzie has given more than 700 concerts for audiences worldwide, the elderly, charitable organizations, and at local schools encouraging students to share their talents within their communities. He performed for President Bush at a fundraiser in Boston in 2004, and subsequently invited to perform traditional holiday music at the White House Holiday Open House for five consecutive years.

Mackenzie Melemed was a recent winner of the Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, awarding him a performance and a full-tuition scholarship. Upon being accepted into the accelerated B.M./M.M. program, he will be both a senior and a first-year master’s student studying with Robert McDonald.

Since 2000, twenty-two-year-old pianist Mackenzie Melemed has performed over 700 concerts for audiences around the world. Melemed is a second-year graduate student, completing his 5th year in the accelerated B.M./M.M. program at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald.

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. At the age of eight, Melemed portrayed the young Mozart in the Discovery Channel series “Medical Mystery.” In 2004, Melemed performed for President George Bush and subsequently performed for five years at The White House. In the summer of 2004, Melemed gave sixty appearances at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City in the show “Prodigy.

In 2009, Melemed gave his orchestral debut with The Boston Civic Symphony. Mr. Melemed was the featured performer at the unveiling of the “American Wing” at the MFA in Boston. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Melemed won the Special Prize for the Best Performance of Required Commissioned Etudes written by Avner Dorman at The New York International Piano Competition. 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.

In the summer of 2013, Melemed toured the Czech Republic and gave performances in China. Mr. Melemed won the 1st Prize at the 18th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition in 2014, and was the only participant from the United States. Mr. Melemed won the 2016 Juilliard School Gina Bachauer Competition, and received a full-tuition scholarship for the 2016-17 year.

Melemed won the 2017 Iowa International Piano Competition in Sioux City, and will be appearing with the orchestra in October, performing Liszt’s Totentanz. Previous performances include a solo recital at Bennington Center for the Arts (VT), concerto with Downtown Sinfonietta (NY), concerto with Sioux City Symphony (IA), concerto with Venice Symphony (FL), and concerto with Florence Symphony (SC).

Melemed has participated in numerous piano festivals, including PianoSummer at New Paltz, Chautauqua Piano Masterclass Festival and Banff Piano Masterclass Festival. He has participated in lessons and masterclasses with Vladimir Feltsman, Susan Starr, Stephen Hough, Tamas Ungar, Hamish Milne, Alexander Gavrylyuk and Nelita True, among others. Previous teachers include Alexander Korsantia, Olga Rogach, William Smiddy and Dean Arvidson.

Date: Tuesday, October 31

Time: 6:30 pm Reception, 7:30 pm Recital

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

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