Sphinx Virtuosi Harlem Quartet Founding member Sphinx Competition Jury Member 2014 2001 Junior Division first place Laureate - age 16 1999 Junior Division third place Laureate - age 14 1998 Inaugural Competition third place Laureate - age 13
The brilliant musicality of violinist, Melissa White, as both a chamber ensemble musician and soloist, continues to enchant audiences all over the world. A founding member of the esteemed Harlem Quartet, her passion and dedication with the group has led to acclaimed performances on stages that range from Carnegie Hall and the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, to the residencies of the US Ambassadors to Ethiopia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Melissa has performed on chamber music series around the world and collaborated with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Paul Katz, Anthony McGill, and Misha Dichter (with whom she made her Kennedy Center recital debut in February 2013 as a member of Harlem Quartet). Along side her accomplished classical music career, she has also worked closely with jazz legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Gary Burton. Following an international six-month concert tour with Corea, and Burton, her recording with Harlem Quartet and the jazz duo entitled “Mozart Goes Dancing” won three Grammy Awards, including one for Best Instrumental Composition in February 2013. The winning ensemble will continue their tour in Japan in June 2014. In addition to her active chamber music career, as First Prize Winner of the 4th Annual Sphinx Competition, Ms. White has been an acclaimed soloist with many of the nation’s leading orchestras including the Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, Pittsburgh Symphonies and the Boston Pops. In 2011 she made her South American solo debut with the Colombian Youth Philharmonic on a tour throughout Colombia and later this year she will join conductor, Piotr Gajewski, as she makes her solo debut in Poland. In addition to being a violinist, Melissa is an advanced practitioner of Bikram Yoga and enjoys spending time with her family.