Aristea Mellos is an Australian composer of contemporary classical music. Born on the island of Crete, she received her formative musical training in Sydney, where she was an avid chorister and also studied classical piano. After initial studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Aristea continued her education in the United States at The Eastman School of Music, and she is currently a doctoral candidate and pupil of professor Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
A winner of the 2014 Gallipoli Song Competition, Aristea is a recipient of grants from the Presser Foundation (2015), the Earle Brown Foundation (2016), the Australia Council of the Arts (2014), the American Australian Association (2013, 2014) and the Eastman School of Music (Professional Development Award 2014). Aristea is a represented artist of The Australian Music Centre. Her music has been published by the Capliano Review, and Soundboard Magazine, and has been recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM, NPR, WAYO 104.3FM, and 2MBS FM.
Aristea's compositions are regularly performed throughout the world in venues such as The Megaron and Vryssaki (Athens), Spectrum New Music (Manhattan), and Kilbourn Hall (Rochester). As a composer who focuses on art songs and intimate chamber music, Mellos has worked closely with many notable soloists including Jane Sheldon, Michael Lampard, Corey Hamm, Elinor Frey, Daniel Pesca, Josinaldo Costa, Sophie Burgos, Madeline Cain, Zach Sheets, Phil Pierick and Emlyn Johnson.
A fellow of Art Song Lab (VISI 2013), the AYO's Composer School (2010), and the Bowdoin International Music Festival (2009), Mellos holds a B.M. Honors Class I from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney - 2009), an M.M. (Composition) from The Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester - 2012), and an A.Mus A. in piano performance. Prizes and scholarships include: the Howard Hanson Ensemble Prize (2015), the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize (2014), the T.A. Prize for Teaching Excellence (2014), the Belle S. Gitelman Prize (2016 & 2011), the Paul Sacher Scholarship (2010-2012), the Doris Burnett Ford Scholarship (2006-2010), and the Roy Agnew Memorial Fund (2006). Her primary teachers have included Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Lisa Bielawa, Nigel Butterley, and Trevor Pearce.
Aristea has a long association with Ossia New Music (having sat on the board in 2011-12 & 2014-15), and is the co-founder of The Ritsos Project, a festival that fosters cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Greece. Upcoming projects include a new solo piano work for the Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey (being recorded for Tall Poppies), and a commission for a set of art songs by the Lynx Project.
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