Melanie A. Riordan

Violin, Viola Teacher

Melanie Riordan

SAA Member


Boca Raton, FL
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Violinist Melanie Riordan, began playing the violin at the age of ten in her hometown of New Rochelle, NY. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, Melanie received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied with esteemed pedagogue Cyrus Forough. While at CMU, Melanie received the Harry G. Archer award for excellence in violin studies. She received her Masters in Music from McGill University where she studied with Toronto Symphony Concertmaster Jonathan Crow. Melanie has attended the Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival among others.

A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Riordan performed in the American premiers of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Émile, and Philip Glass’s opera Kepler at the Spoleto Festival USA. As a member of the Houston New Arts Movement, she has appeared on Houston Public Media’s KUHA 91.7 and was chosen to perform the world premier of Marty Regan’s The Memory Stone, commissioned and produced by the Houston Grand Opera. Recent commissions include L’Évidence Éternelle by Philip Elder as a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist, Tension Cycle by John Arrigo – Nelson for the Mud Turtle Guitar Quintet, and various works by student composers as a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Orford Musique under the guidance of Véronique Lacroix, Artistic Director of the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. A versatile musician, Ms. Riordan has performed with the Houston Baroque ensembles Mercury; The Orchestra Redefined and Ars Lyrica, and has performed at the Austin City Limits music festival.

As an educator, Melanie is passionate about using music as a way to uplift children in underserved communities. While in Houston, she taught for 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. For the last five years Ms. Riordan enjoyed running a large private studio of young violinists and violists throughout the greater Houston area. As a newcomer to Florida, she is excited to find new and excited young students to work with and inspire!