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July 2013 Concert

July 20, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Haydn Wood’s Tone Poem “Mannin Veen”
  • Robert Schumann “Piano Concerto in A Minor” with Melanie Lina, piano
  • Virginia Hill “Jacopi – A Concert Overture”
  • William Sterndale Bennett “Symphony in G Minor”

Melanie Lina, pianist

Pianist Melanie Lina arrived to New Zealand from the United States in late 2010 to marry her husband, a New Zealander. Praised for her ‘lyrical sound, refined nuances, and poetic depth of performance’, she gave her NZ concerto debut in May 2012, performing Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto in the Wellington area, followed in November by a ‘witty and sparkling’ account of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. She is also busy as a recitalist, most recently giving a series of performances devoted to repertoire on her CD, ‘A New View’. Former orchestral soloist appearances include the National Orchestra of Porto, Portugal, the Samara Philharmonic and St. Petersburg Kapella Orchestra of Russia, as well as numerous orchestras in the United States, including the Saint Louis Symphony. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Russia, Germany, Portugal, Lithuania and the US on recital series such as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts of Chicago.

At the age of eighteen, Ms. Lina (nee Hadley) performed in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, having received the Presidential Scholars Medallion from President Clinton for Achievement in the Arts. Other awards include prizes in the American National Chopin Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition, and the Kosciuszko and Naftzger competitions. For the 2008 film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’, she was invited to record several works with violinist Pip Clarke, including Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.

A native of Ozark, Missouri, Ms. Lina received her primary training as a pupil of Jane Allen for ten years at the Saint Louis Symphony Conservatory and Schools for the Arts. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas as a student of Jack Winerock, she continued her study there for two years with Distinguished Professor Sequeira Costa. A dedicated teacher herself, Ms. Lina has maintained private studios of 30-40 students in St. Louis and Los Angeles, and currently teaches privately at her home in Cambridge and at St. Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton, New Zealand. She is also a sought-after collaborative pianist, performing with both professionals and up and coming musicians alike.

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  • Forum North, Whangarei, Sat Jul 20 2013, 3:00 pm
  • The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, Sun Jul 21 2013, 3:00 pm


July 20, 2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Forum North
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