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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.

Random Audio Sample: Sonata : for solo piano by Aristea Mellos, from the CD Sonata Project

Aristea Mellos is an Australian composer of contemporary classical music. Born on the island of Crete, she received her formative musical training in Sydney, where she was an avid chorister and also studied classical piano.

A winner of the 2014 Gallipoli Song Competition, Aristea is a recipient of grants from the Presser Foundation (2015), the Earle Brown Foundation (2016), the Australia Council of the Arts (2014), the American Australian Association (2013, 2014) and the Eastman School of Music (Professional Development Award 2014). Aristea's music has been published by the Capliano Review, and Soundboard Magazine, and has been recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM, NPR, WAYO 104.3FM, and 2MBS FM.

As a composer who focuses on art songs and intimate chamber music, Aristea has worked closely with many notable soloists including Jane Sheldon, Michael Lampard, Corey Hamm, Elinor Frey, Daniel Pesca, Josinaldo Costa, Sophie Burgos, Madeline Cain, Zach Sheets, Phil Pierick and Emlyn Johnson.

A fellow of Art Song Lab (VISI 2013), the AYO's Composer School (2010), and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2009), Aristea holds a Doctorate (DMA) and Master's (MM) in Composition and Piano from The Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester 2017, 2012). In 2010, she graduated with Honors Class I from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney) and she also holds an A.Mus A. in piano performance.

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 (2016 & 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 Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Lisa Bielawa, Nigel Butterley, and Trevor Pearce.

Aristea has a long association with Ossia New Music (having sat on the board in 2011-12 & 2014-15), and is the co-founder of The Ritsos Project, a festival that fosters cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Greece.

Aristea Mellos — current to December 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The Lynx Project Song Book : mezzo-soprano voice with piano (2017) Commissioned by the Lynx Project
Sonata : for solo piano (2016) Commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts in 2014 as part of Australian pianist, Bernadette Harvey's 'Sonata Project'
Digital sheet music sample Everything Flowing : for flute, clarinet in Bb, French horn, percussion, violin, viola & cello (2016) Commissioned by Emlyn Johnson for Music in the American Wild
Digital sheet music sample Tears Stream Through Water : for flute, alto saxophone, guitar and piano (2016) Commissioned by the 2016 Ritsos Project Festival
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.
Digital sheet music sample Seasonal flocking : for soprano and percussion (2012) Commissioned by Brad Gill as part of the Judith Wright Project