Melina Mandozzi
Melina and Orfeo (4 & 11 years old) Melina 5 years old
Melina Mandozzi was born in Locarno, Switzerland, into a family of musicians. She received her first violin lesson at the age of four from Suor Clara Lainati, later studying with Laurent Jaques and Jakob Schochetmann. From 1984 until 1989 she was a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School in London where she was taught by Lord Menuhin, Margaret Norris, Felix Andrejewsky, Mauricio Fuks and Igor Ozim, as well as receiving chamber music coaching with Sidney Griller and Peter Norris.
Melina 15 years old © Dr. Volz
Melina (10 years old) with Sir Yehudi Menuhin
At the age of twelve she gave her debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has since been performing throughout Europe as well as in the USA and Japan. Notable concerts include New York (Carnegie Hall), Zürich (Tonhalle), Vienna (Musikverein, Konzerthaus and Bösendorfersaal), Moscow (Bolshoi-Saal and Rachmaninov-Saal), St.Petersburg (Philharmonie), Novosibirsk (Philharmonie), Reims - with Yehudi Menuhin conducting, Munich (Herkulessaal), Frankfurt (Alte Oper) and Madrid (Sala Albeniz). She has participated in festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Zino Francescatti, Kuhmo, Santander (Spain), Black Sea Festival, Menuhin Gstaad, Judenburger Festival and has had concert tours in Italy, France, Japan, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium, Israel, Switzerland and Germany. Melina has appeared on numerous television productions (for TSI, RAI, NDR, SAT1, DW, ZDF, TF1, St.Petersburg), and Radio productions (for RSI, Radio France, NDR, SWF, Suisse Romande, Espace 2 (Eurodiffusion) and RAI). Her CD recordings include the Nino Rota complete works.
Ison Trio in Japan
Concert with Sir Yehudi Menuhin
From 1989 Melina studied in the virtuoso class of Professor Zachar Bron at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, where she was awarded both her Diploma in 1995, as well as her Konzertexamen in 1998, with excellence. From 2001, she took a two-year postgraduate course at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz with Professor Boris Kushnir.
Orfeo and Melina in Salzburg
Melina with Prof. Bron
In 1993 she founded together with her brother Orfeo Mandozzi (cello) and Luca Monti (piano), the ISON TRIO VIENNA appearing with great success in Vienna’s Musikverein and Bösendorfersaal, as well as in Pergolesi Festival and Festival Austria. The Trio has also been broadcast on Austrian, German, and Swiss radio. In 1997, the Trio was invited to Japan to perform in their most prestigious concert halls. In 2000 Melina joined the Vienna String Quintet, now known as the Thomas Christian Ensemble.
Since her first Prize, at the age of 8, at the “Jugend Musiziert” competition in Bremen Melina Mandozzi has continued succeeding in many competitions; in 1993 she won prizes in the “Lipizer” and “Oistrach” competitions, in 1995 1st prize at the international violin competitions Novosibirsk (Russia) and “Johannes Brahms” (Austria) as well as winning a three year scholarship from the Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund. In 1996 her Trio won the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka (Japan) and in the same year she was a prizewinner at the “Fritz Kreisler” violin competition in Vienna. In 1997 she was selected by the “Förderpreis Orpheus-Konzerte”, in 1998 she was awarded 3rd Prize in the “Vienna International Music Competition”, in 2000 1st Prize in the “Dr. Luis SIGALL” international violin competition in Chile, in 2001 prizewinner in the “Vaclav HUML” international Violin competition in Zagreb as well as in the “Tibor Varga” Competition in Sion.
Melina with Prof. Kushnir
Melina with Prof. Bron visit the photo gallery
In 2003 she became Concertmaster of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, and in 2004 Concertmaster of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005 she has been guest leading the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zürich, and from 2006 also the London Philharmonia.

Melina Mandozzi plays on a violin by G.B.Guadagnini, made in Piacenza in 1742.