Internationally-touring award-winning concert pianist with an Artist Diploma from Juilliard. Performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.
In my 20+ years of piano education, I have been able to study with some of the world's leading professors, pedagogues, and concert pianists. This list includes my main mentors, Robert McDonald and Emanuel Ax, as well as Alexander Korsantia, Robert Levin, Stephen Hough, Vladimir Feltsman, Julia Mustonen-Dahlkvist, William Smiddy, Arie Vardi, Susan Starr, and many others.
I have performed in notable concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, The White House, Alice Tully Hall, Paris' Salle Cortôt, The Helsinki Music Centre, Hamamatsu Act City Hall, and Warsaw's Philharmonic Hall.
My teaching experience includes masterclasses at the University of Houston, Helsinki Conservatory, Turku Conservatory, Sonata Piano Camp (VT), and others.
My extensive performance experience and long list of mentors has shaped my understanding and approach to music. I would love to pass down the knowledge that shaped my own musical upbringing to the next generation of pianists.
My main goal in a lesson is to get right to the heart of the music, and encourage students to find their own voice in the crowd. The foundation of a pianist's technique is not only finger dexterity, but rather the concepts of beauty of sound, touch variance, pulse control, wrist/hand/arm movements, and being able to create a large musical structure through careful architectural planning. I hope to explore these concepts with my students so that they will have the necessary tools at their disposal to learn effIciently, effectively and independently.
Mackenzie was highly recommended to me by a mutual friend who is herself a highly regarded pianist and teacher. I've taken about a month of lessons so far, and he has more than lived up to her recommendation. He is clearly at advanced musical level that most pianists won't approach, but he has an unassuming friendly manner and is able to translate technical and musical recommendations to be accessible to people who are not concert pianists. I highly recommend Mackenzie, especially if like me, you are working hard to attempt repetoire that seems just beyond your reach where advice from an advanced pianist could be helpful (just don't compete for my lesson time slot ...)
I first approached Mackenzie Melemed because I wanted an objective critical view of the works that I was currently playing. His focus on tone, structure, harmony, technique, dynamic diversity and more has been extremely valuable and his approach to artistic works truly inspiring. I have enjoyed every lesson and I very much look forward to exploring more repertoire with him in the future.