On hearing the Cello in a children’s concert at the age of six, Melinda had decided it was the instrument for her. She had already developed a love of music from her mother, a freelance opera singer, and had begun lessons on the piano and in music theory. She began Cello lessons at the age of 10 with Taryn Feibig – now a singer with Opera Australia. Soon after Melinda became a member of the West Australian Youth Orchestra association, began performing in her teacher’s music soirée events for all her students.
At the age of fourteen, Melinda began lessons with Rod McGrath, principal Cellist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and former co-principal of the London Symphony Orchestra. Under Rod’s guidance, Melinda won numerous prizes at the Fremantle Eisteddfod, including the Open String Recital Trophy.
Melinda came to the U.K. in 2003, studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Alice Neary and later with Karine Georgian from 2006. At college, she performed the solo parts in ensembles and orchestras, including Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No.1 Op.9, Peter Maxwell Davies “The Lighthouse” and Martinu’s Nonet. Melinda has collaborated with composers, performing solo works for workshops and concerts at the RNCM and Manchester University. She also recorded a works by James Stephenson for http://www.idiam.co.uk, a podcast supporting new works.
Melinda has performed in a concert for Oxjam in 2007, titled “The Bach Baton”. This project was a performance of all six Bach Suites for unaccompanied Cello, featuring a different Cellist for each movement, to raise money for Oxfam. She has participated in various courses including the Scottish International Cello Festival, Maribor International Orchestra, Lake District Summer Music, Dartington, Ticino Musica, Britten-Pears and Aberystwyth Musicfest.
Melinda is proudly partnered with a beautiful cello by G.B. Guadagnini, the ‘Turin Cello’ from c.1770. She is very grateful to her family and wonderful fiance for their support throughout her career!
Melinda has played in Masterclasses for the following cellists:
Ralph Kirshbaum, Christian Poltera, Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Anner Bylsma, Hannah Roberts and Johannes Goritzki