MELANIE GENIN, harp
Hailed as “a globe-trotter” and “singular harp virtuoso” by L’Union France and the Epoch Times of New York, Mélanie Genin is known for her “desire to re-shape and re-invent classical music” (Justine Philippe, L’Union, France).
Since her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the International Shining Stars, Ms. Genin has performed in some of the most prestigious halls in the world, including Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall London, KKL Luzern, Audi Hall München, Avery Fisher Hall, Salle Pleyel, Théâtre du Châtelet, and Théâtre des Champs Elysées, under conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Mark Elder, Matthias Pintscher, Alan Gilbert, Pablos Heras-Casado, and Leonard Slatkin. She returned to Carnegie this year as a soloist with the Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni. Her talent extends to arranging and transcribing works for the harp and commissioning pieces from living composers, most notably for “Toward the Sea”, an immersive, multimedia show co-created with Australian flutist Catherine Gregory, which debuted at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2016.
A sought-after chamber music partner, Ms. Genin regularly performs with flutist Catherine Gregory and forms the Sonos Auros trio with flutist Lucian Rinando and cellist Samuel Magill (Metropolitan Opera). In 2016 she accompanied the legendary prima ballerina Uliana Lopatkina on stage in the Dying Swan at Lincoln Center in a cello and harp version. She regularly performs with The Locrian Chamber Players, with whom she premieres and explores chamber music repertoire for harp from the last decade. In demand as a soloist she regularly performs harp concerti, including the US premiere of the Triple Concerto for harp, guitar and cimbalom by Hungarian composer Balint Karosi, while her interpretation of the Dohnanyi Harp Concertino has been featured by Lyra publishing company. She is a returning solo artist at the Washington Square Park Festival and has performed in major festivals such as Lucerne festival, BBC Proms, Flaneries Musicales de Reims, Chelsea Music Festival, The Q-Quintessential, New Music Art Sound Summit Austin TX, Chamber Music NY, and Prism Festival in Hong Kong, She is an avid experimental performer and regularly improvises with 3D visual artists Christian Hannon and composer/live electronic artist Ricardo Romaneiro. She is co-chair harpist of the Radio City Orchestra for two consecutives seasons, and regularly performs with TON orchestra at Bard under the baton of Leon Botstein. Ms. Genin frequently performs in Switzerland and for various international projects with the Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble as a member and soloist.
Away from the stage, Ms. Genin is committed to bringing comfort to those in need, a passion which is manifested through her art therapy project “Harpe Porte à Porte”, where she takes her harp to perform at the bedside of sick children, cancer sufferers and the terminally ill. During her visits Ms. Genin is able to connect with patients, their families and caregivers, giving them a way to escape from their pain to a place of comfort and relief.
A native of France, Ms. Genin received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she studied with Isabelle Moretti. She was then selected as one of only two recipients of a Bruni-Sarkosy Foundation scholarship to study at The Juilliard School in New York with Nancy Allen. She subsequently became the first harpist ever to be admitted into the Artist Diploma program at The Manhattan School of Music, where she studied under the guidance of the late Deborah Hoffman, Susan Jolles and Mariko Anraku. She has received many awards such as the Fulbright Scholarship and Fondation Royaume de la Musique. In 2014 she was a semi-finalist of the Young Concert Artist series in New York and the only harpist finalist of the Concert Artist Guild competition.
The highlights of Ms. Genin’s 2018-2019 season include a tour in Asia as a guest soloist with Ensemble Nova in Hong Kong, a solo recital in Hong Kong premiering a work by Christian Dachez, and a contemporary masterclass as a visiting artist at Yale NUS Singapore. In 2019 she will perform the Dittersdorf Harp Concerto with the Handel Festival Orchestra in New York. She will premiere another piece by Dachez for baritone, vibraphone and harp in San Francisco and New York commissioned by Thomas Buckner, and a triptyque for solo harp and ensemble by composer Pauline Kim.