Born in Vienna to Australian parents, Melissa holds degrees with Distinction from the Sydney Conservatorium, The New England Conservatory, Boston and Mannes College, New York where she studied with renowned teachers and performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Colin Carr, Timothy Eddy and Laurence Lesser. She also studied chamber music with such luminaries as the Guarneri Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet, Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner and members of the Beaux Arts Trio.
During her years in the United States Melissa was most active as a chamber musician. She has performed at major US and British Festivals, including the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, Norfolk/Yale Chamber Music Festival, Prussia Cove International Seminars and the Manchester International Cello Weekend. As a member of the Ives Piano Trio she recorded for National Public Radio and WGBH-Boston and performed in recital in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Series, in Jordan Hall and at Harvard University, Boston. She has twice been a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada and was also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, teaching and performing as a guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet and as a member of the Pacific Ensemble, with whom she was invited to perform at the Gubbio Festival, Italy in 1995 before taking up her position with the ACO in Australia.
Melissa has also appeared as soloist with major Australian Orchestras, including the ACO, the Sydney and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. She is the winner of several awards including the ABC Young Performers Competition String Finals, Radio 2MBS-FM Listeners Award and a British-Australian “Big Brother” Award for UK studies. She has also been a recipient of an Australia Council Performing Arts grant.
In between her frequent travels with the ACO Melissa continues to give solo and chamber music recitals and record for ABC-FM, collaborating with fine local and international artists and particularly with American pianist Brenda Jones, her duo partner in the new ensemble Opus 2. Outside of her music she enjoys cooking, yoga and scuba diving in warm tropical locations.
Melissa performs on a beautiful 1846 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello, generously loaned to her by the ACO.
Chair sponsored by Martin Dickson AM & Susie Dickson
Choose from the performances below where Melissa Barnard appearsSydney, Wed 22 May Newcastle, Fri 14 Jun Sydney, Sun 16 Jun Brisbane, Mon 17 Jun Perth, Wed 19 Jun Melbourne, Sun 23 Jun Melbourne, Mon 24 Jun Sydney, Tue 25 Jun Sydney, Wed 26 Jun Sydney, Fri 28 Jun Sydney, Sat 29 Jun Canberra, Sat 10 Aug Melbourne, Sun 11 Aug Melbourne, Mon 12 Aug Adelaide, Tue 13 Aug Perth, Wed 14 Aug Sydney, Sat 17 Aug Sydney, Sun 18 Aug Brisbane, Mon 19 Aug Sydney, Tue 20 Aug Sydney, Wed 21 Aug Sydney, Fri 23 Aug Wollongong, Thu 5 Sep Canberra, Sat 7 Sep Melbourne, Sun 8 Sep Melbourne, Mon 9 Sep Adelaide, Tue 10 Sep Sydney, Thu 12 Sep Sydney, Sun 15 Sep Sydney, Tue 17 Sep Sydney, Sat 19 Oct Brisbane, Mon 21 Oct Sydney, Tue 22 Oct Sydney, Wed 23 Oct Wollongong, Thu 24 Oct Sydney, Fri 25 Oct Sydney, Sun 27 Oct Melbourne, Mon 28 Oct Adelaide, Tue 29 Oct Perth, Wed 30 Oct Canberra, Sat 9 Nov Melbourne, Sun 10 Nov Melbourne, Mon 11 Nov Adelaide, Tue 12 Nov Newcastle, Thu 14 Nov Sydney, Sat 16 Nov Sydney, Sun 17 Nov Brisbane, Mon 18 Nov Sydney, Tue 19 Nov Sydney, Wed 20 Nov Sydney, Fri 22 Nov Melbourne, Wed 4 Dec