Ellinor D’Melon was born to Cuban parents in Jamaica and started to learn the violin at the age of two. Today, she is only nineteen, but ‘in spite of her age, is one of those rare players who gives the impression that her command – both technical and musical – is total’ (Michael Dervan, The Irish Times). Prize winner of major competitions including the Henryk Wieniawski (1st Prize), ‘Debut Berlin’ (1st Prize) and Novosibirsk (1st Prize and special awards), Ellinor is forging a career as a violinist of the highest standing.
Ellinor is increasingly performing worldwide with leading orchestras, such as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra , St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfoníca de Navarra and the Sofia Philharmonic, and she has performed in various prestigious halls, notably the Berliner Philharmonie, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Madrid National Auditorium, Het Concertgebouw, Cologne Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Sala Verdi Milano, Gdansk Baltic Hall. Her growing list of collaborators include Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Spivakov, Jaime Martin, Michail Jurowski, and Jan Latham Koenig, amongst others.Read more
Recent and forthcoming highlights include debut performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, stepping in for Hilary Hahn, Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra, her UK recital debut at Royal Albert Hall’s prestigious Elgar Room and appearances at the Verbier, Gstaad and Schlesswig-Holstein music festivals, as well as Musical Olympus, Interlarken Classics, Ravinia and Wieniawski festivals. Additional highlights include performances of the Bach Double Concerto alongside Anne-Sophie Mutter, and a chamber concert with Fazil Say at the Tsinandali Festival, recorded for Medici TV.
Since 2011, Ellinor studies at the Reina Sofia School of Music with Professor Zakhar Bron, where she previously held the Helena Revoredo and Albeniz Foundation Scholarships. She also joined the Zakhar Bron Academy in 2013.
Ellinor plays on a Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini Violin from 1743 on a kind loan from an anonymous donor from London.
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Ellinor D'Melon made her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a hugely successful concert performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Her debut was made at the National Concert Hall in Dublin under the baton of the orchestra's Chief Conductor,...
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“Violinist Ellinor d’Melon’s long-awaited return to Gävle Symphony Orchestra was purely triumphant. She has a unique ability to touch hearts and release emotions, evoking shivers and tears with her playing, as well as euphoria and laughter. […] What a triumph!”
“Absolutely exceptional performance. Unique and flawless. Simply fantastic.”
“D’Melon, in spite of her age, is one of those rare players who gives the impression that her command – both technical and musical – is total. […] Simply fabulous.
Michael Dervan, The Irish Times December 11th, 2019
“The young Jamaican soloist … left everyone breathless and rooted to their seats. […] Soloistic boldness and vehemence, security, ease of expressive phrasing, mastery of dynamics, tuning, accuracy, and brilliant technique are all characteristic of her [Ellinor’s] touch. An unfamiliar touch in such a young person.”
Xavier Pujol, Revista Musical Catalana May 13th, 2019
“If she was a success last time, it was nothing compared to this. Rarely has the concert hall been filled with more powerful ovations.”
Lars Westin, Arbetarbladet Gävle March 15th, 2019
“The debut of the violinist Ellinor D’Melon … was simply splendid. … [T]he young artist dominates – or better said, tames – her instrument with a veteran mastery.”
José Doménech Part January 17th, 2019
“The performance sounded very mature, I couldn’t imagine that such a young person could play like this. Ellinor is a real prodigy, she has a bright future ahead. […] She has reached the technique which leaves the audience massively impressed and she is enjoying performing the most difficult pieces…”