Melina van Leeuwen - Harp
Harpist Melina van Leeuwen performs nationally as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer.
An avid chamber music artist, she is a founding member of the Chrysalis Trio, formed together with flautist Kiran Phatak and violist Katie Yap, and has performed with Inventi Ensemble, Forest Collective, Halcyon ensemble, and Australia’s Seven Harp Ensemble. In 2016 she was a featured soloist for the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra's opening concert series 'Classical Visions', celebrating the MCO's 25th Anniversary year. Melina has also appeared with the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Youth Orchestra and both the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Popular artist collaborations include performing with the Violent Femmes (USA), the Hilltop Hoods, Missy Higgins, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Kelly, Evanescence (USA), Josh Groban (USA) and "kamikaze cabaret" artist Meow Meow.
A recipient of a National Undergraduate Scholarship at the Australian National University, Melina completed a Bachelor of Music in 2012 with a High Distinction average under the tutelage of Alice Giles. Previously, Melina studied with Xanya Mamunya and Jacinta Dennett. From 2013-2014 Melina was the harpist at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). In 2016 she received an Australian Postgraduate Award at Melbourne University, where she is currently completing her PhD investigation into the philosophical writings of 20th century harpist Carlos Salzedo.