Ellinor D’Melon was born to Cuban parents in Jamaica and started to learn the violin at the age of two. Still only eighteen, she has performed widely, including under the baton of respected maestros, such as Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Spivakov, Jaime Martin, and Zakhar Bron, among others. Concert engagements have taken her to many prestigious concert halls, such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, National Auditorium in Madrid, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Cologne Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Sala Verdi Milano, Baltic Hall in Gdansk, and many others.
Ellinor has participated in the Verbier, Gstaad and Schlesswig-Holstein Music Festivals, as well as Musical Olympus, Interlarken Classics and Wieniawski Festivals among others.Read more
More recently she performed the Bach Double Concerto alongside Anne Sophie Mutter, and with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in Sweden with Jaime Martin, where she returned in the 2018/19 season for a performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. Other highlights of the season include her French debut alongside the orchestra of Opéra de Massy, Sofia Philharmonic with Jan Latham Koenig, again with Brahms, Cadaques Orchestra in Barcelona, and her UK recital debut in the Royal Albert Hall’s prestigious Elgar Room.
Future seasons include performances with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Orquesta Sinfoníca de Navarra in Spain, and debuts with Ireland’s RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfoníca Nacional de Chile. She also returns to the UK to perform with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason in London’s Kings Place.
Since 2011 Ellinor studies at the Reina Sofia School of Music with Professor Zakhar Bron, where she holds the Helena Revoredo and Albeniz Foundation Scholarships, and joined the Zakhar Bron Academy in 2013.
Her recent competition successes have included taking 1st Prize in the ‘Debut Berlin’ international competition (2017, Berlin Philharmonie), 1st Prize and special award for Best Interpretation of Contemporary Russian Piece in the VIII Novosibirsk International Competition (2016, Russia), The “Virtuoso Award” at the 2nd Manhattan International Competition (2017, USA), and the 1st Prize in the International Wieniawski Competition for Young Violinists (2012, Poland).
Ellinor plays on a Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini Violin from 1743 on a kind loan from an anonymous donor from London.
(As of July 18th, 2019)
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,...
IMG Artists is delighted to have signed Jamaican violinist Ellinor D'Melon, who turned 17 this December, for General Management. Ellinor will be managed by Artist Manager Maarit Kangron out of the company's London office. Ellinor said: "It is a great privilege for me...
“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…”