Biography

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. She also studied early music with Frances Kelly. 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 and received 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 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 in the UK and France. She performed recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southwark Cathedral and Blackheath Halls in London and in the "Chambre avec vues" music festival in Rabastens (France). 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. In 2012, Mélissa was invited to give a solo recital at the "Manuel De Falla" Music Conservatoire in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Mélissa is now an active orchestral player and performed with a number of orchestras in prestigious London venues including the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in St John's Smith Square and the Southbank Sinfonia at the Royal Opera House. In 2013, she joined the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra in Uruguay as principal harpist. She performed Debussy's Dances in August 2013 at the Teatro Solis to critical acclaim. She also played with the Sodre Symphony Orchestra and the Bucarest Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo.

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 is currently harp teacher at the Montevideo city music school.
Trinity for two years. She is currently harp teacher at the "Vicente Ascone" music school in Montevideo.

Repertoire

Solo harp

J.S. Bach (1685- 1725) Partita No. 1, BWV 825
Suite in Eb minor, BWV 996
D. Scarlatti (1685-1757) Sonata K113
G. F. Händel (1685-1759) Tema con Variazioni
C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) Sonata, Wq 139
L. Spohr (1784-1859) Fantaisie in C minor
E. Parish-Alvars (1808-1849) Serenade
Introduction and Variations on airs from Bellini's 'Norma'
F. Liszt (1811-1886) Liebestraum no.3
C. Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Fantaisie, op. 95
A. Hasselmans (1845-1912) La Source
G. Fauré (1845-1924) Impromptu, op.86
C. Debussy (1862-1918) Première arabesque
G. Pierné (1863-1937) Impromptu-Caprice
A. Roussel (1869-1937) Impromptu
E. Walter-Kühne (1870-1930) Fantasy on themes from Tchaikovsky's opera
Eugene Onegin
M. De Falla (1876-1946) Spanish Dance n.1 from the opera 'La vida breve'
A. Caplet (1878-1925) Divertissement à la française
M. Tournier (1879-1951) Etude de concert 'Au Matin'
Images, suite no. 4 'La danse du moujik'
M. Grandjany (1891-1975) Rhapsodie
P. Hindemith (1895-1963) Sonata
B. Britten (1913-1976) Suite, op.83
M. Flothuis (1914-2001) Pour le tombeau d'Orphée
M. Constant (1925-2004) Harpalycé
J. Marson (1932-2007) El Picaflor
Y. Taïra (1937-2005) Sublimation
H. Holliger (1939-) Sequenzen über Johannes I, 32
B. Andrès (1941-) Absidioles
P. Hersant (1948-) Bamyan
T. Pécou (1965-) Harpe de jade
A. Papapetrou (1984-) Spider Lullabies

Concertos

G.F. Händel (1685-1759) Concerto for harp in B flat major
W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto for flute and harp
C. Debussy (1862-1918) Danse sacrée et danse profane

Chamber music

Harp and string quartet

A. Caplet (1878-1925) Conte fantastique based on 'The Mask of the Red death' by Edgar Allan Poe

Harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet

M. Ravel (1875-1937) Introduction et allegro

Harp and choir

B. Britten (1913-1976) A Ceremony of Carols
J. Rutter (1945-) Dancing Day

Audio

Vidéos

  • Walter-Khune Fantasy on Eugene Onegin (youtube)
  • Manuel De Falla, Spanish Dance no.1 from "La vida breve" (youtube)
  • Maurice Ravel, Introduction et Allegro pour harpe, flute, clarinette et quatuor à cordes (youtube)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto pour flute et harpe K.299, III. Rondeau (youtube)

Concerts

2017
31 October 2017 : «Symphony no.5» de Gustav Mahler.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Theater Solis.
Directora : Ligia Amadio (Brazil).
24 September 2017 : «Fantaisie for violin and harp» de Camille Saint-Saens,
«Serenade for flute, violin, viola, cello and harp» de Albert Roussel.
Ensamble CaRoussel (Amalia Perez : flauta, Nicolas Giordano : violin, Adrian Felizia : viola, Esdras Campos : cello, Melissa Kenny : arpa).
Ciclo de cuerdas en Café Vinilo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
11, 13, 15 September 2017 : «The Consul» de Giancarlo Menotti.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Theater Solis.
Director : Martin Jorge (Uruguay).
14, 16, 18 August 2017 : «Tosca» de Giacomo Puccini.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Theater Solis.
Directora : Ligia Amadio (Brazil).
11 July 2017 : «Ma Vlast» de Bedrich Smetana.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Theater Solis.
Director : Claudio Cruz (Brazil).
27 June 2017 : «Tod und Verklärung» de Richard Strauss.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Theater Solis.
Directora : Ligia Amadio (Brazil).
30 May 2017 : «The Dharma at Big Sur» de John Adams, violin : Francesco d´Orazio (Italia), «Fontane di Roma» de Ottorino Respighi «Pini di Roma» de Ottorino Respighi.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Theater Solis.
Director : Damian Iorio (UK-Italia).
28 April 2017 : «Le Spectre de la Rose, de Nuits d´été» de Hector Berlioz «Vetrate di Chiesa» de Ottorino Respighi.
Philharmonic orchestra of Montevideo. Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon, Montevideo.
Directora : Yeny Delgado (Cuba).
2016
9 November 2016 
Recital Dúo Cronopios (Nicolas Giordano : violin, Mélissa Kenny : harp)
Temporada de música de cámara del Sodre, Auditorio Nacional del Sodre, sala Hugo Balzo, Montevideo.
27 October - 2 November 2016
« Onegin » de Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky (ballet de John Cranko).
Symphonic orchestra del Sodre, Ballet Nacional del Sodre, director : Martin Garcia. Auditorio Nacional del Sodre Adela Reta, Montevideo.
4 October 2016
« Alborada del gracioso » de Maurice Ravel
« Concerto pour piano en Sol » de Maurice Ravel, piano : Kun Woo Paik.
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Paolo Bortolameolli.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
14, 16, 18 September 2016
« I Capuleti e I Montecchi » de Vincenzo Bellini
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Luiz Malheiro.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
2 August 2016
« Symphony no.5 » de Aleksandr Glazunov
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Thomas Herzog.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
10 May 2016
« Fire and blood » de Michael Daugherty, violin : Francesco D´Orazio
« L´Oiseau de feu, Suite 1919 » de Igor Stravinsky
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Franck Ollu. Theater Solis, Montevideo.
10, 13, 14, 15 April, 4 May 2016 
« El lago de los cisnes » de Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky
Symphonic orchestra del Sodre, Ballet Nacional del Sodre, director : Martin Garcia.
Auditorio Nacional del Sodre Adela Reta, Montevideo.
11 April 2016
« Symphony no.5 » de Sergei Prokofiev
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Dante Anzolini.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
2015
23 October 2015
« Nosferatu » de Jose Maria Sanchez-Verdu
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Jose Maria Sanchez-Verdu
Musicalizacion de la pelicula de Murnau (1922)
Theater Colon, Buenos Aires.
14 October 2015
« Danse sacrée et profane » de Claude Debussy
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Yuri Sobolev
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
6 October 2015
« Kindertotenlieder » de Gustav Mahler
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Evandro Matté
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
14 de July 2015
« Symphony no.4 » de Gustav Mahler
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Dante Anzolini
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
28 May al 12 de June 2015
« Giselle » de Adolphe Adam
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Martin Garcia
Ballet Nacional del Sodre
Auditorio Nacional del Sodre Adela Reta, Montevideo.
1 de June 2015
« Folk songs » de Luciano Berio
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Victor Hugo Toro
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
4 May 2015
« Danse sacrée et profane » de Claude Debussy
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Martin Garcia
Gala de reapertura, Theater de San Carlos, Maldonado.
23, 25, 27 April 2015
« La voix humaine » de Francis Poulenc
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, director : Martin Lebel
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
2014
8, 10, 12 de Diciembre 2014
"Ariadna auf Naxos" de Richard Strauss.
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel. Theater Solis, Montevideo.
21 October 2014
"Noches en los jardines de España" de Manuel de Falla
"Rapsodia española" de Maurice Ravel
"La Valse" de Maurice Ravel
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
14 October 2014
"Symphony no.7" de Gustav Mahler
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
8 September 2014
"Danse sacrée et profane" de Claude Debussy
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Martín García.
Salón Azul, Intendencia de Montevideo.
5 September 2014
"Danse sacrée et profane" de Claude Debussy
"Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture" de Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Martín García.
Theater El Galpón, Montevideo.
17, 19 y 21 August 2014
"Manon Lescaut" de Giacomo Puccini
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
29 July 2014
"Les Préludes" de Franz Liszt
"La Mer" de Claude Debussy
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Alejo Perez.
Theater Solis, Montevideo
2 June 2014
"Concerto para orquesta" de Bela Bartok
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo.
9, 10, 11, 22, 23 y 28 de Abril 2014
Concierto para flauta y arpa de W.A. Mozart
Olga Bertinat, flauta
Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo
Director : Daniel Hasaj
www.filarmonica.org.uy
15 March 2014
Orquesta Sinfónica del Sodre
Auditorio Nacional Adela Reta, Montevideo
"Sinfonia no.5" de Dmitri Shostakovitch
Director : Stefan Lano
2013
13 November 2013
Gala lirica con el tenor Edgardo Rocha
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay.
2-10 November 2013
"Aida" de Giuseppe Verdi
Symphonic orchestra del Sodre, Director : Stefan Lano.
Auditorio Nacional del Sodre, Montevideo, Uruguay.
8 October 2013
"Don Juan" de Richard Strauss
"Tristan e Isolda : preludio y muerte de Isolda" de Richard Wagner
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay.
9-12 September 2013
"Falstaff" de Giuseppe Verdi
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, Director : Martin Lebel.
Theater Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay.
27 August 2013
Danse sacrée et profane" de Claude Debussy
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, directora : Gianna Fratta.
Theater Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay.
16-23 August 2013
"Macbeth" de Giuseppe Verdi
Philharmonic orchestra de Montevideo, Director : Carlos Vieu. Theater Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay.
18th May 2013, 7.30pm
Dorking Concertgoers, Dorking Halls
Harp duo recital with Tamara Young
26th April 2013, 7.30pm
Swineshead, Lincolnshire
Harp duo recital with Tamara Young
21st April 2013
Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire
Recital
20th April 2013
St Alfege Church Greeenwich, London
Harp duo recital with Tamara Young
18th March 2013, 7.30pm
Bury St Edmunds Concert Club, Suffolk
Recital
13th March 2013, 7.45pm
Letchworth Music Club, Hertfordshire
Recital
2nd March 2013, 7.30pm
Redditch Music Society
Ecumenical Centre, Redditch
Recital
2012
1st December 2012, 8pm
"Manuel De Falla" Music Conservatoire, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Auditorio del Conservatorio Superior de Musica Manuel de Falla
Sede Central, Gallo 238, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Recital
14th July 2012, 7.30pm
Christ Church, Chelmsford
Danse sacrée et danse profane by Claude Debussy
with the Essex Symphony Orchestra
12th June 2012, 11.30am
Peacock Room, Trinity College of Music, London
MMus Final Recital
16th March 2012, 7.30pm
Horsham Music Circle
The Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham
Recital
6th February 2012, 7.30pm
Ashford Music Society
The Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford
Recital
28th January 2012, 8pm
Leighton Buzzard Music Club
Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard
Recital
2011
1st November 2011, 3.15pm
Southwark Cathedral, London
Recital
13th May 2011, 1pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
Recital

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Press

La Filarmónica: tributo galponero
www.elpais.com.uy - September 10th, 2014
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Buen programa en lucha acústica
www.elpais.com.uy - April 15th, 2014
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La Filarmónica sale a los barrios con dos programas simultáneos
www.elpais.com.uy - April 6th, 2014
http://www.elpais.com.uy
Con varios puntos sobresalientes
www.elpais.com.uy - September 4th, 2013
http://www.elpais.com.uy
Trinity Laban Conservatoire website
alumni profiles
http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk
CLASSICAL DANCE - Essex Symphony Orchestra at Christ Church, Chelmsford
Michael Gray's arts blog, 19 July 2012
http://michaelgray.blogspot.fr
LBMC: Mélissa Kenny, harpist
Review by Judi Moore, 16 july 2012
http://judimoore.wordpress.com
Concord of sweet sounds in Horsham's Drill Hall
Review by Patrick Wynne-Jones published in The Resident, 23 March 2012
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Review of St Martin-in-the-Fields recital 13.05.11
'Mélissa Kenny and the Billroth quartet; names to look for in the future.'
http://www.mcaughtry.com/
Review by Alexander Rider published in UKHA Magazine
Mélissa Kenny in Recital, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 13 May 2011
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