Photo: Shervin Lainez
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. As a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 to 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally. She is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and is a sought-after collaborative musician. 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. 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 holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory, and is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where PCMF’s Founder and Artistic Director Emerita Jennifer Elowitch serves as Director of Music. Melissa lives in New York City and is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.
“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.”