An artist deeply dedicated to the range of violin and chamber music repertoire, violinist Violaine Melançon is Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. She was a member of the violin and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory until 2019 and was for thirty years the founding violinist of the Peabody Trio which was ensemble-in-residence at the Peabody Conservatory from 1987 to 2016. After winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, the Peabody Trio established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. As a member of the Peabody Trio, Ms. Melançon has performed in the most important chamber music series in North America and toured internationally, frequently performing in England, Japan and Israel.
She performs recitals annually, exploring unusual gems of the solo and violin-piano duo repertoire. Ms. Melançon is from Québec, Canada. After receiving First Prize in violin at the Conservatoire de Musique, she continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory and with Arthur Grumiaux in Belgium. She is the recipient of many awards for solo and chamber music performance. In 1983, she formed the Knopp-Melançon Duo, with whom she toured abroad extensively. This artistic collaboration would eventually expand to become the Peabody Trio. Since then, her activities as a chamber musician, soloist with orchestras, and teacher have taken her to major music centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan.
She maintains an active participation in many summer festivals as violinist, teacher and guest artists.These days, Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy and the Summer Violin Institute in Chicago are where she teaches during the summer months. Violaine Melançon’s performances can be heard on the Naxos, Artek, Albany, CRI, and New World Records labels.