Mackenzie Melemed

Third Prize

Mackenzie Melemed has performed over 800 concerts since the age of three. As a child, he played for President George W. Bush in Boston, and subsequently was invited to perform five times at The White House. In 2006, he gave his Carnegie Hall debut. Most recently, Mr. Melemed has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including dates with the Helsinki Philharmonic and Tampere Filharmonia.

He recorded South Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu's Piano Concerto with Sinfonia Varsovia on the Warner label, and also gave its Finnish premiere with the Kuopio City Orchestra and performed it on tour with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea and Poland. In 2018, his recording of Avner Dorman's Three Études was released on the Steinway & Sons CD, Stecher and Horowitz Commissions.

Mr. Melemed expects to receive his Artist Diploma from Juilliard in 2020. He is passionate about traveling and foreign languages, speaks fluent French and Finnish, and his favorite cuisine is Chinese.

Age: 24
Country: United States
Professional Training:
    2013 - present    The Juilliard School
Teachers: 
    2013 - present    Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax
    2008 - 2013        Alexander Korsantia
    2005 - 2008        Olga Rogach
Competitions and Awards:
    2018    The Juilliard School Leo B. Ruiz Memorial Recital Prize at Carnegie Hall, Winner
    2017     International Maj Lind Piano Competition, First Prize, Chamber Music Prize
    2017     Iowa Piano Competition, First Prize, Commissioned Work Prize 

Text Piece

PRELIMINARY RECITAL                                                       
Sibelius               Valse triste, Op. 44, No. 1
Beethoven           Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54
Scriabin               Five Preludes, Op. 16
Medtner              Vergessene Weisen (Forgotten Melodies), Op. 39: Sonata tragica
Dorman               Sonata No. 2 (2000)
 
SEMIFINAL ROUND                                                            
Recital
Bach                     French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816          
Schumann            Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Dorman                Etude No. 1: Snakes and Ladders
Rachmaninoff      Moments musicaux, Op. 16

FINAL ROUND                                                                    
Phase I
Mozart                  Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488         
 
Phase II
Rachmaninoff       Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43