Emily Melendes

Harp

Hometown: Waukesha, WI
Alma Maters: The University of Texas at Austin, B.M.; The Juilliard School, M.M.
Awards/Competitions: Honorable Mention, 2013 The Lyon and Healy Awards; 1st Place, 2012 Anne Adams Competition Awards; 5th Place, 2011 American Harp Society National Competition Awards
Appearances: The Breckenridge Music Festival, CO, 2011–present
Musical origins: I began playing harp at age 8. I had begged to play since I was 3, for unknown reasons, but my parents thought I should learn piano first. I started that at age 6, and two years later they finally let me start harp!
What inspired you to audition for TŌN?: I heard about TŌN from my teacher at Juilliard, Nancy Allen. It sounded like a wonderful program in an awesome location, and I was thrilled to be admitted.
Favorite piece to play: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Favorite musical memory: Playing an entire Star Wars concert with my summer festival orchestra
Which composer would have had the best social media: I think Berlioz might have had a good social media, he was pretty inventive and ‘out there.’
Favorite fact about your instrument: My harp has around 1,000 moving parts. It’s more machine than most other instruments, and it needs to be ‘regulated’ (or tuned up like a car) about once a year.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: It’s a broad term that encompasses a huge variety of music. There’s something for everyone!
Favorite non-classical musician or band: I love classic rock/pop and Harry Styles

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