Melanie A. Riordan

Violin, Viola Teacher

Melanie Riordan

SAA Member


Boca Raton, FL
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Violinist Melanie Riordan is a passionate educator and active performer in the South Florida area. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Riordan has premiered contemporary classical works throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Some particularly inspiring projects include performing in the American premiers of the opera’s “Émile” by Kaija Saariaho and “Kepler” by Philip Glass at the Spoleto Festival USA and performing in the world premier of Marty Regan’s opera “The Memory Stone”, commissioned and produced by the Houston Grand Opera. She has worked closely with the Artistic Director of L’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Véronique Lacroix, at the Orford Festival in Québec, and most recently collaborated with composers and conductors Matthias Pintscher, Peter Eötvös, and Sir Simon Rattle at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. A versatile musician, Melanie has also performed with the Houston Baroque ensembles Mercury and Ars Lyrica. She’s performed with stars such as Ledisi, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Bublé. One of her most memorable performances was with the Australian Folk Duo, Falls, at the Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas.

As an educator, Melanie is passionate about using music as a way to uplift children in underserved communities. She was one of the first educators to launch the Houston Youth Symphony Coda Music program, and has been a guest instructor for Sistemang Pilipino in Cebu City, Philippines. Both programs are inspired by the famed Venezuelan music program “El Sistema”, providing free music education to underprivileged children. She received her Suzuki Violin Method Certification under the guidance of Charles Krigbaum at the Dallas-Fort Worth Suzuki institute and teaches private violin lessons to students throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Ms. Riordan began playing the violin at the age of ten in her hometown of New Rochelle, NY. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA where she studied with esteemed pedagogue Cyrus Forough. She continued her studies in Montréal and received her Masters in Music from McGill University under the tutelage of Toronto Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Crow. Melanie is currently pursuing a Professional Performers Certificate at the Lynn Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Professor Carol Cole. When not performing or teaching, Melanie enjoys creating vegetarian recipes, spending time outdoors, doing yoga and daydreaming about owning an adorable fluffy dog!