"A violinist who has proven the theory of self-actualization" - The Strings Magazine
Dr. Nuné Melik is an emerging female artist on the international stage.
She made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in 2016 to great acclaim.
She also appeared as an invited artist at the United Nations Headquarters the following year.
Internationally recognized as a specialist of the music of the Caucasus, Dr. Melik lectures in four languages.
Nuné plays an 1872 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume Violin with a Claude Auguste Thomassin Bow loaned by the Groupe Canimex.
Born in Siberia to a family of medical PhDs, Nuné started playing the violin at the age of six.
Her first solo performance with orchestra took place a year later at the Kazan Symphony Hall.
Nuné also advocates and promotes the music of her heritage: as a specialist in music of the Caucasus, she has performed and lectured on this topic in venues like University of Alberta (Edmonton), Columbia University (New York), Wayne State University (Detroit), University of Arizona (Tuscon), Naregatsi Arts Institute and the Russian-Armenian University (Erevan).
Having explored unknown repertoire since 2010, Nuné founded the ‘Hidden Treasure International Project’.
It comprises research, performances, and lectures of rarely heard music.
In October 2017, Nuné launched a CD entitled “Hidden Treasure”.
Including the unknown works by Armenian composers with original program notes by Melik, the album received great acclaim and was called a “love letter to Armenia" by the CBC Radio.
It was chosen as the Disc of the Week by ICI Musique and one of the “Best of 2017” by Violinist.com.
Successfully funded on Kickstarter, the CD was produced at the Yamaha Artist Studio in New York and McGill University.
The CD was launched in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, and Los Angeles.
Following her passion for the unveiling the unknown music of the Caucasus, she has started directing a documentary film in Armenia.
Nuné finished at the Gnessin Music College with Honors Diploma.
She has studied at the Moscow State Conservatory and holds a Masters degree from the University of Montreal.
She additionally graduated with a Doctorate Degree from McGill University.
Since 2015, Dr. Melik has held the post of 'Artist-in-Residence' in the Miami Chamber Orchestra and Orquestra Filarmonía.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonia Toronto, Senior Orchestra of New York, Orquestra Filarmonia (Mexico), Orchestra Symphonique de l’Université de Montreal, Gnessin Virtuosi, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and the Moscow State Chamber Orchestra.
She has collaborated with notable musicians such as Konstantin Orbelian, Nurhan Arman, and David Gilbert.
Nuné was invited to multiple musical festivals such as the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Festival Classica (Montreal), Musical Armenia, Strad for Lunch (New York), Water Island Festival (St. Thomas), St.Barth Music Festival (St.Barthelemy) and 1000 Violons de Maurienne (France).
Throughout 2018 & 2019, her engagements included the Jeunesses Musicales Canada West Canada tour, a solo recital with l’Orchestre Symphonique de l’Estuaire & arecital at Place des Arts, among others.
Enjoying an un-conventional approach to concertizing, Nuné has performed at venues such as Tenri Cultural Institute (New York), Eden Fine Art Gallery (St.Barths), Boîte Noire Gallery (Los Angeles), Yamaha Recital Space (Toronto).
Since 2019, Dr. Nuné Melik is a founder of the Arno Babadjanian Foundation (North American Chapter).
Nuné has performed at the Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, the Embassy of Estonia (New York), Bolshoy Hall, the International House of Music (Moscow, Russia), the Embassy of Russia (Copenhagen, Denmark), Chapelle Historic du Bon Pastor and Salle Claude Champagne (Montreal), Palais Mont-Calm (Quebec city), Glenn Gould Auditorium, Toronto Arts Centre (Toronto).
Passionate about education, Dr. Melik has given a series of master classes to young players of the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra (Miami, Florida) and Orquestra Filarmonía (Xalapa, Mexico).
Her previous collaborative work includes collaboration with artists such Mher Khach.
She has appeared on numerous podcasts, including Burning Bridges with Margot Avedissian and Cafe international of Dan Rosenberg.
Nuné Has been featured at Strings Magazine, Huffington Post Online, Ar-menian Mirror-Spectator, the PopImpresska Journal among others.
She was referred to as the Ambassador of Armenian Music by the Noah’s Ark Magazine (Mos-cow) and took part at the Responsibility 2015 International Conference (New York).
Dr. Nuné Melik is a winner of the Waldo Mayo Competition (2016) and the Canada Council for the Arts Competition (2015).
She won “Best Interpretation of the Quebec Piece” prize at the Prix D’Europe 2015 (Canada).
She is a finalist (IV prize) at the Andrea Postacchini International Competition (2004) and I International David Oistrakh Competition (2005).
She is a recipient of such grants as the AGBU Arts Fellowship (New York), McGill Graduate Excellence Fellow-ship, Paul and Marie Gélinas Bursary (Montreal) and Urartu Fellowship, Vladimir Spivakov Foundation (Moscow).
As a multi-talented artist who speaks five languages, in 2018 Nuné has produced and directed a documentary about Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian.
She has published books of poetry in Russian, which have been translated into Armenian by the Writer’s Union of Armenia.
Together with her CD, a book of French and English poetry was simultaneously released in October 2017.
The book included original poetry and photographs by Nuné.
Nuné recently starred in the short movie “Where is Music”, directed by Serge Gabian.
The film was critically acclaimed and received prizes at international film festivals including Accolade international Film Festival (California).
In an effort to raise awareness for humanitarian causes, Nuné Melik was chosen as a cultural representative of Canada for the Armenian Genocide’s 100th anniversary in 2015.