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Aristea Mellos : Associate Artist

My musical language is heavily influenced by my early training and love for opera, choral composition, and classical piano. I believe in the power and poise of a musical phrase to evoke a complete set of emotions, and to create the illusion of beauty.

Aristea Mellos is an Australian composer of contemporary classical music. Born on the island of Crete, Mellos received her formative musical training in Sydney where she was an avid chorister and also studied classical piano. After initial studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Mellos continued her composition studies in the United States, at the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently a doctoral candidate and pupil of Professor Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez & Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.

Mellos is recipient of grants from the Presser Foundation (2015), the Australia Council of the Arts (2014), and the American Australian Association (2013, 2014). In 2014 Mellos's song 'Wonder' was a prize-winner of the ABC Classic FM Gallipoli Song Competition. Mellos's music has been published by the Capliano Review, and been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the Australian station Fine Music 2MBS FM. In addition, her music has been commissioned and championed by the Sydney arts patron, Suzanne Gleeson.

Mellos's compositions are regularly performed throughout the world in venues such as the Megaron (Athens), Spectrum New Music (Manhattan), and at the Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), by ensembles including the Cuong Vu Trio, Ensemble ExhAust, the Eastman Broadband, Ossia New Music, and the Australian Youth Orchestra. As a composer who focuses on art song composition, Mellos has worked closely with many notable soloists including Jane Sheldon, Sean Statser, Corey Hamm, Elinor Frey, Daniel Pesca, Madeline Caine, Zach Sheets, Daniel Ketter, Sophie Burgos, and Emlyn Johnson.

A fellow of Art Song Lab (VISI 2013), the AYO's Composer School (2010), and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2009), Mellos holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours Class I) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney, 2009), a Master of Music (Composition) from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, 2012), and an A.Mus A. in piano performance (2006). Prizes and scholarships include: the Howard Hanson Ensemble Prize (2015), the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize (2014), the T.A. Prize for Teaching Excellence (2014), the Belle S. Gitelman Prize (2011), the Paul Sacher Scholarship (2010-2012), the Doris Burnett Ford Scholarship (2006-2010), and the Roy Agnew Memorial Fund (2006). Her primary teachers have included David Liptak, Robert Morris, Lisa Bielawa, Nigel Butterley and Trevor Pearce.

Mellos is the co-founder and artistic director of 'The Ritsos Project', a music festival founded in 2014 that fosters cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Greece. Mellos has also served on the Board of Ossia New Music (2014-2015; 2011-2012). Upcoming projects include a new solo piano work for the Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey, a chamber work for Music in the American Wild, and the 2016 Ritsos Project.

Aristea Mellos — current to August 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Songs for a day : three poems of Yannis Ritsos, for soprano, flute, violoncello, and piano (2014) Commissioned by Ossia New Music.