Ukrainian-Australian violinist Markiyan Melnychenko has been described as “an artist of patrician sensibility, spectacular technique”, and “possessing an extraordinary combination of bravura, brains and elegance”. He is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.
Awarded the Dr Iain C. Medgett Churchill Fellowship in 2019, he has performed in 17 countries including solo performances in New York (Alice Tully Hall), Washington DC (Kennedy Centre), and has made a number of solo appearances with orchestras including performances with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Medicorum and Orchestra Victoria. He has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS FM and Radio NZ, and has commercially released recordings on the Tall Poppies (2019) and Naxos (2020) labels.
In 2013 he was selected to perform in a quartet at the US Capitol for the Inaugural Luncheon at Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration. He is a multiple 1st prize winner in national and international competitions including the Melbourne Recital Centre's National “Great Romantics” competition and the Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition in Ukraine. He was also awarded the 'Australian Development Prize' from the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2013.
...admirable lyrical flexibility...communicating boundless energy and joie de vivre.
--The Age (Australia)
Freakishly good performance...
--Limelight Magazine (Australia)
...every phrase charmed with its perfection and ease, with cadenzas of lightness and virtuosity, all without losing the feeling of a delicate but emotional narrative from the beginning to the end of every movement of every work.
Melnychenko's masterful performance, together with his technical mastery of the instrument, beautifully captured the essence of the Czech soul.
The perfection of nuance was mesmerising...obvious, high level virtuosity.
Markiyan obtained his Bachelor and Masters of Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor of Violin – Oleh Krysa. He was additionally awarded Eastman's Performer's certificate and the highly prestigious Artist Certificate, being the first violinist to receive this award in over 50 years. Additional studies have been at the Australian National Academy of Music with Alice Waten and William Hennessy, and also with Cyrus Forough.
In 2016-2019 he served as Lecturer in Violin at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and is currently Principal 1st Violin with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.