This past week, I had the opportunity to perform in the same program as a young Armenian classical musician named Nune’ Melikian. She stole the show I am proud to say.
Held at the Wayne State University Community Arts Auditorium and organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee, Nune’ performed several selections by Armenian composer Komitas Vardapet. She spoke very eloquently between songs about Komitas’ life, his work and his ultimate fate.
What was evident to me was that Nune’ was clearly proud of her heritage and went to great lengths to perform songs that had a special meaning to her. At one point she was almost overcome with emotion as she referenced one of the musical pieces she was about to perform.
It is an artist like Nune’ that gives me hope that our music and rich musical history will live on to future generations. It was an honor to be on stage with such a talented and gifted artist.
Below is a short biography on Nune’ for your enjoyment:
New York based violinist Nune’ Melikian was described by the legendary violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov as “an extremely talented and promising musician” with “violinistic hands so close to perfection”. A winner of AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship 2013-2014, Nune earned top prizes in various international competitions including the Oistrakh International Competition in Moscow, Andrea Postacchini International Competition, LISMA Foundation International Competition, and the University of Montreal Concerto Competition. She has performed in venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin City Hall, and the Bolshoy Hall.
Nune studied in the Central Music School with Galina Turchaninova before completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Gnessin Music College with an Honors Diploma. She then enrolled in the Moscow Conservatory as one of the top five contenders and completed two semesters with the highest marks. In 2009, Nune completed a Master’s Degree in Canada under the guidance of Vladimir Landsman, becoming the youngest student enrolled in that the program. She is now finishing her studies with Mr. Albert Markov in New York.