Described as a "poet with titanium fingers" by the Vancouver Sun, pianist Melody Quah has performed on the stages of Malaysia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, England, Poland, India, Lithuania and the USA. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she is a prizewinner of the 7th International Paderewski Competition held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Melody has soloed with the Ku-Ring-Gai Symphony and Central Coast Symphony Orchestras in Australia, the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland, and the Richmond Philharmonic, Academy Philharmonic, Vancouver Philharmonic, West Coast Symphony and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in Canada. Recently, Melody performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jun Märkl. She has also performed at the Malaysian Philharmonic Hall for the Gala Opening of the 4th ASEAN International Chopin Competition.
In collaboration with the Prokofiev Society of America and Yale School of Music, she performed as part of the complete Prokofiev Sonatas project at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, after which the New York Times reviewed, “she had admirable refinement and achieved power through crisp attack and clarity.” These concerts were also presented at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Central Conservatory of Music (Piano Academy at Gulangyu), China. As a chamber musician, Melody has performed at Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and has collaborated with artists such as cellist Michael Kannen and trumpeter Joe Burgstaller.
Melody won the Kay Meek scholarship, an award presented to the most outstanding performer at the Vancouver Academy of Music. There, she completed her Bachelor of Music in 2008 under Lee Kum Sing and in 2010 received her Master's degree from The Juilliard School under Matti Raekallio. In 2013, Melody received her Artist Diploma from Yale University School of Music under the tutelage of Peter Frankl. In 2017, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under Boris Slutsky.
Melody was invited to give masterclasses and lectures to students and teachers at the Canadian Yamaha Summer Camps in Toronto and Vancouver, and has presented masterclasses in Medan, Indonesia. Between 2015-2017, she served as a Junior Board Member of the Shriver Hall Concert Series. In 2017, Melody moderated Young Professional track discussions at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conference in Baltimore. She is an active adjudicator for the Mid-Atlantic MTNA chapters and will be a presenter for the 2020 MTNA Virtual Conference.
Melody served as Visiting Instructor of Applied Piano at Elizabethtown College, PA in the Fall of 2019, where she taught Applied Piano and other music subjects. She is currently on the faculty of Levine Music, D.C. where she maintains a full studio of students of all ages, and the Community College of Baltimore County, where she teaches Applied Piano, Ear Training and World Music. She also serves as Music Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Washington. Melody was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at Penn State University, starting August 2020.
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