Faculty Pianist to Give Recital

September 22, 2004
By Charles Petersen '05

Nicola Melville, assistant professor of music at Carleton College and an internationally recognized pianist, will give a solo recital on Friday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in the Carleton Concert Hall. The concert will include works by Chopin, Debussy and several contemporary composers. This event is free and open to the public.

Melville, a recent addition to the Carleton faculty, is a native of New Zealand, and has won several awards in her home country, including the National Concerto Competition and the TVNZ Young Artists Competition. She has toured extensively in the South Pacific, Europe, as well as the United States and has been a featured artist in the International Festival of the Arts. Melville also has served as an adjudicator and panelist for various competitions and festival events in both New Zealand and the US.

Melville received her M.M. and Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Lizzie T. Mason prize for outstanding graduate pianist and the performer’s certificate. Melville also has been featured live in concert on a number radio stations, including Chinese National Radio, and has recorded for the Equilibrium label, most recently releasing a CD of the complete piano rags of William Albright.

Melville has a particular interest in contemporary music, and has commissioned and premiered many new works. This coming recital is no exception, featuring music by Nicolas Tgettis, Alberto Ginastera, Gareth Farr and William Albright, all of whom composed their works within the last fifty years.

Melville joined the Carleton faculty in August of 2004. She has served previously on the faculties of Heidelberg College in Ohio and the University of Evansville in Indiana.

For more information and disability accommodations, call Carleton’s music department at (507) 646-4347.