Photo: Lauren Desberg
Check out the Portland Press Herald article on Melissa's appointment.
Read an interview with Melissa by her alma mater, Walnut Hill.
Melissa is a Founding Member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Melissa is the Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland, ME, Artist in Residence at Bard College and Conservatory and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). As a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally, with highlight performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center to name a few. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions. A sought-after collaborative musician and teacher, Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, and has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro. She held the post of Associate Professor of Viola at East Carolina University from 2007 -2013, and earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and they live in NYC with their seven-year-old son Linus.
“I am honored and thrilled to join the PCMF team,” said Reardon. “I have such admiration for Jenny Elowitch's artistic leadership and hope to emulate her ability to connect with musicians and with Portland's vibrant community. It is no small feat to grow a festival for twenty-five years and I hope that the festival will continue to flourish under my leadership for years to come.” She added, “I am so excited to spend more time in this beautiful city, which I first came to know and love when I served as Assistant Principal Viola of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in the early 2000s, and to continue bringing world-class chamber music to Maine.”