Biography

 

Pianist Melanie (née Hadley) Lina immigrated 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 has appeared as a recitalist on concert series around the North Island and gave her New Zealand concerto debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. She has since delighted more audiences in New Zealand with her performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the Schumann Piano Concerto, and a triumphant performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto at a Gala Concert celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the city of Hamilton, New Zealand. 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 United States, on recital series such as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts of Chicago.

 

At the age of eighteen, Melanie 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. She is an avid collaborative pianist, enjoying work with instrumentalists and singers, performing orchestral piano and celeste with the Christchurch (NZ) Symphony, and has been a choral accompanist for choirs both in the United States and New Zealand.

 

A native of Ozark, Missouri, Melanie 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, Mrs. Lina has maintained private studios of 30-40 students in St. Louis and Los Angeles, and in Cambridge, New Zealand. She currently resides in Christchurch.