Biography


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Biography


Mélisande McNabney performs keyboard music of all periods, on harpsichord, piano and fortepiano. In August 2015, she received the third prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges, Belgium.

 

Mélisande has performed hundreds of concerts, whether as a soloist or chamber musician, in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia in prestigious concert series. Currently based in Montreal, she is regularly invited to play with ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, Arion Orchestre Baroque, Les Idées heureuses, the Theater of Early Music, and Ensemble Caprice. She is also a member of Pallade Musica and Ensemble Les Songes, on tour across the country with Jeunesses Musicales Canada in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. Mélisande has received scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre, the FQRSC and the CALQ.

 

A Graduate of McGill University and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Mélisande was granted her Master’s degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory in June 2010, where she studied harpsichord, continuo and fortepiano in the classes of Bob van Asperen and Richard Egarr.  She was granted her Doctorate degree at McGill University in May 2017, under the guidance of Hank Knox and Tom Beghin, thanks to the support of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program.  

Upcoming Concerts


Upcoming Concerts


Past concerts


Past concerts


Gallery


Gallery


Photo: Pierre-Étienne Bergeron

Audio/Video


Audio/Video


Press


Press


À noter aussi, la splendeur du clavecin flamand touché avec art par Mélisande McNabney.
— Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
Mélisande McNabney a réussi à extirper de l’orgue un son délicat, doux et enveloppant qui ne semblait pas appartenir à l’imposant instrument.
— Josianne Desloges, Le Soleil
I’m blown away by not only the technical mastery of her playing, but by the remarkable expressivity with which she realizes the works – the harpsichord is limited in that there’s no sustain pedal and no variation in volume, but this doesn’t matter in the hands of this very accomplished and sensitive musician.
— Karen Ages, The Whole Note
La claveciniste montréalaise Mélisande McNabney, fille d’Isolde Lagacé, directrice artistique de la Fondation Arte Musica, et de Douglas McNabney, professeur de musique de chambre à l’Université McGill, a remporté le 3e Prix du concours Musica Antiqua de Bruges (Belgique), une éminente compétition de musique ancienne. Le Premier Prix est allé au Français Justin Taylor, le second à la Russe Sofya Gandilyan. Le jury était composé de Johan Huys (Belgique), Richard Egarr (Royaume-Uni), Andrea Marcon (Italie), Béatrice Martin (France) et Christine Schornsheim (Allemagne). Mélisande McNabney termine un doctorat en clavecin et en pianoforte dans les classes de Hank Knox et Tom Beghin à l’École de musique Schulich de l’Université McGill.
— Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
Mélisande McNabney played two contrasting harpsichord sonatas
with impeccable technique and style. Throughout the program she played the continuo
accompaniment for every number with elegance and sensitivity to the other players, which
made each piece a special pleasure.
— Lois Davidson, FTCA
[...] coup de chapeau particulier aux artisans du continuo, dont Sylvain Bergeron à l’archiluth et Mélisande McNabney au clavecin.
— Christophe Huss, Le Devoir
[...] the performances were outstanding.
— Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

Discography


Discography


Contact


Contact


mmelisande@gmail.com