Mélissa Kenny was born in France in 1987 to an English father and a French mother. She started learning the harp at the age of six in Tarbes with Christiane André. She then studied in Toulouse with Cécile Barutaut and Gaëlle Thouvenin, and musicology at the Toulouse-le Mirail University where she gained her DEUG diploma in 2006.
In 2008, Mélissa moved to London to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Gabriella Dall ́Olio. Mélissa graduated with a BMus First Class Honours in 2010 and was awarded the “John Marson Harp Prize” for an Outstanding and Creative Musician. She completed her studies in 2012 upon receiving her Master Peformance degree with distinction. Mélissa has been kindly supported throughout her studies at Trinity Laban by the Countess of Munster
Musical Trust, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and TCM Trust.
Mélissa was a prize winner in the 2011 Camac Harp Competition at the North London Festival and the UFAM competition in France in 2005 and 2006. She participated in numerous master classes with world-renowned harpists such as Fabrice Pierre, Letizia Belmondo, Sivan Magen, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Sylvain Blassel, Sioned Williams and Marielle Nordmann amongst others.
Mélissa developped an intense activity as a soloist and chamber music player in Europe and South-America. She was selected in the Countess of Munster Trust Recital Scheme in 2011 and 2012. As a result she performed a series of recitals throughout England. She gave recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southwark Cathedral and Blackheath Halls in London, in the “Chambre avec vues” music festival in Rabastens (France), Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel de Falla and Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Auditorio Nacional del Sodre in Montevideo (Uruguay).
In 2013 she moved to Montevideo, where she joined the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo as principal harpist for six years. She performed as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, playing Debussy Dances at Teatro Solis and Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto alongside flautist Olga Bertinat. She also played as guest harpist with the Sodre Symphony Orchestra and the Bucarest Symphony Orchestra during their tour in Montevideo.
In 2019 she won the audition for principal harpist of the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Beside her preforming activity, Mélissa developed a real interest in teaching the harp. She gained her LTCL Diploma in Instrumental Teaching in 2010 and was harp assistant at Junior Trinity for two years. She was harp teacher at the Escuela Municipal de Música “Vicente Ascone” de Montevideo from 2014 to 2019. She currently teaches harp at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
- Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue from Partita no.1, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach 5:59
- Rhapsodie by Marcel Grandjany 8:27