Sponsored by the Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, this series presents the prize winners of the biennial New York International Piano Competition. Admission to each concert is free and open to the public.
Mackenzie Melemed, Pianist, born in Newton, Massachusetts, was a Prize Winner of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, a biennial event presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. In addition to his prize for the best performance of the Foundation’s required commissioned work “3 Etudes by Avner Dorman,” he frequently appears on the Foundation’s Young Artists Series, a program of concerts throughout New York, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.
In 2017, Mackenzie garnered the First Prize at the Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Finland, as well as the First Prize for Chamber Music; the Jakov Flier International Piano Competition, Second Prize; and the Iowa International Piano Competition, First Prize/ Commissioned Work.
In 2014, Mackenzie won First Prize at the 18th International Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition in Japan. He was also awarded top prizes in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition, 2010 Steinway Society of Boston Young Artist Competition, and the 2010 A. Ramon Rivera Piano Competition.
In 2013, he performed in the Czech Republic in partnership with the American Spring Music Festival, and throughout China as part of an educational exchange between EduBoston and its partner schools in Guiyang and Wuhan. Mackenzie attended the Banff Piano Masterclass Festival in Alberta, Canada, and the PianoSummer, institute and festival under the direction of Vladimir Feltsman. Mackenzie has performed more than 800 recitals worldwide, most notably at Carnegie Hall and five times at The White House. He is in the Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax, and holds a Bachelor and Master degree from The Juilliard School, where he completed the Accelerated Dual-Degree Program in five years.
Melemed’s international performing career has recently taken off, with a substantial concert tour of Finland, in October, 2018. Highlights of that tour included the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the European premiere of South Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu’s Piano Concerto with Kuopio City Orchestra. Melemed recently recorded the Ryu concerto with Sinfonia Varsovia on the Warner label for release in 2019. Melemed’s 2018-19 season has included performances in Finland, France, Poland, and the United States. In the coming months, Melemed will tour the Ryu Piano Concerto with the KBS Symphony in Poland at the Beethoven Eastern Festival, perform in several festivals throughout Finland as soloist and chamber musician, and give his Carnegie Hall debut recital.