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Mackenzie Melemed

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A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mackenzie Melemed started playing the piano at age four. In 2003, at age eight, he portrayed the young Mozart in the Discovery Channel series Medical Mystery. In the summer of 2004, Mr. Melemed gave 60 appearances at the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City in the show Prodigy. That winter, he was invited to perform for President George Bush at a fundraiser in Boston, which led to him being invited to play at the White House during the Christmas holidays for five consecutive years.
 
Mr. Melemed began his formal classical training in 2005 and only one year later, won the grand prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition which resulted in a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2008, he appeared on the PBS program From the Top: Live at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, Mr. Melemed was the second place winner of the Steinway Society of Boston’s Young Artist Competition. The same year, he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he won first prize in the A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition along with the Inge Holleck Prize for the best performance of a Bach Prelude and Fugue.
 
In the 2010-11 season, Mr. Melemed performed Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with the Quincy and Wellesley symphonies and the New England Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, he played at the opening gala for the American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also made his second appearance on From the Top. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Melemed participated in the New York International Piano Competition and won the special prize for the best performance of required commissioned études written by Avner Dorman. He also won 5th prize in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition where he was the highest ranking competitor from the United States.
 
In 2013, in partnership with the American Spring Music Festival, Mr. Melemed gave numerous solo recitals throughout the Czech Republic along with performances in China sponsored by EduBoston, an international student exchange organization. He won first prize in the 18th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition; Mr. Melemed was the only competitor from the United States. Most recently, he won the 2016 Juilliard School Gina Bachauer Competition and is currently receiving a full tuition scholarship for the 2016-17 year. At Julliard, Mr. Melemed also won a prize in the Mieczyslaw Munz Competition.
 
Mr. Melemed has participated in numerous piano festivals, including the Chautauqua Piano Festival, PianoSummer at New Paltz, and Banff Piano Masterclass Festival in Alberta, Canada. He has participated in numerous master classes with Vladimir Feltsman, Susan Starr, Stephen Hough, Tamas Ungar, Hamish Milne, and Nelita True, among others.
 
Currently, Mackenzie Melemed is both a senior and a first-year master’s student in the accelerated BM/MM program at Juilliard where he studies with Robert McDonald.
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