By MaryLynda Bozian-CruickShank
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
NEW YORK — Every year at Carnegie Hall, the Senior Musicians Association of New York, with more than 3,000 members, sponsors the Senior Concert Orchestra, a free performance at Stern Auditorium, for all to attend.
The orchestra is composed of musicians who are alumni of the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
During the year, they also hold an annual violin competition, the Waldo Mayo Violin Competition. After selecting the winner, he/she is invited to perform a violin solo with the orchestra, under the direction of conductor David Gilbert. This year’s winner was no other than the talented, young and beautiful Nune Melik.
Melik performed with the Senior Concert Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, September 21.
As soon as Melik entered the stage, all were on her and her striking royal blue ball gown. To those who had never heard her play, she is a vision of elegance and grace, however as soon as her bow hits the strings, she becomes powerful, in control, and confident. Her piece, Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto Op. 47, was performed with passion and precision, commanding the audience with her talent, leaving the audience speechless.
Melik was born is Siberia and started playing piano at age 6. Seen as a prodigy, she won a full scholarship to attend the Moscow Conservatory, and afterwards she was accepted to attend Montreal University, becoming the youngest student accepted into their master’s program. She graduate in 2011.
She has numerous international awards, notably the AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship, awarded in 2014, an achievement that’s close to her heart. She was chosen to perform in Canada’s Cultural event for the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015.
Melik is an advocate and proud promoter of classical Armenian composers, performing and exposing this unfamiliar material to an audience of peers and music lovers alike, and is currently recording them on CD.