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BIOGRAPHY - MELISSA REINER

 

Melissa Reiner brings her unique musical sensibilities and prodigious talent to a wide variety of professional endeavors. Classically-trained since the age of three, she began intensive studies at the Aspen Music Festival during the summers of 1989-1991, under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Piotr Milewski of the Juilliard School. During the academic year she attended boarding school in Marin County, CA, in order to study with Isador Tinkleman of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and to serve as the Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, with whom she toured Europe in 1992. Melissa then moved to Baltimore to attend the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Shirley Givens, Violaine Melancon and Earl Carlyss (founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet). She toured and performed extensively while a student, including performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the United States and the former Soviet Republic.

After pursuing additional graduate studies at the Peabody Institute and a stint in Paris, Melissa decided to move to Los Angeles, which seemed to be the perfect city in which to explore her curiosity about her art outside the confines of the classical music world. She has been lucky enough to expand upon her fantastic training in a vast number of multi-genre professional projects (please see the Credits page for a complete listing) and continues to employ her additional skills, such as improvising and arranging.

Melissa has performed at the Grammy Awards, on The Tonight Show, on Mad TV, on Canada's Much Music, on the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, and on MTV numerous times, including the Janet Jackson Icon Awards. She was the featured violinist for several videos and recordings with David Lee Roth, and is on the albums of Mary J. Blige, Better than Ezra, Dishwalla and the forthcoming Christina Aguilera album. She can also be heard imitating the sounds of a teenager's practice session in the feature film Pretty Persuasion, for which she also served as Violin Consultant.

In addition to her exciting foray into the world of popular music, Melissa continues to play in numerous symphony orchestras, both in the studio (commercial jingles and film/tv scores) and in concert halls around the world. She has toured Taiwan with the Hollywood Pops Orchestra and is a member of the New West Symphony, which has enabled her to tour with Andrea Bocelli and perform with such notables as Pinchas Zukerman and Christopher O'Riley. She has toured Japan twice with the Percy Faith Orchestra and returns for a third tour of Japan in May/June 2008. She performed in Great Britain in 2005 with the band "Kane" and is the lead violinist on the summer 2008 tour with the sensational young stars, The Jonas Brothers. Melissa was featured in the "Departures" exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in a film about a string quartet performance, and has given many recitals as a soloist and chamber musician. She is currently working on her first solo album (please see Music page) and is planning a recital this summer. Her distinctive abilities brought her to the attention of The Los Angeles Times (please see Press page), and she was the subject of a cover article in the Sunday Calendar section in July 2005.

Violinist Melissa Reiner consistently brings distinctive style to a wide-ranging array of multi-genre music industry performances. Classically trained since age three, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, studying with renowned teachers like Shirley Givens, Juilliard Quartet founder Earl Carlyss, and Dorothy DeLay. But it was her passion for music outside the confines of the classical world that brought her to Los Angeles in 1998, where she has since collaborated with numerous celebrity pop artists and highly regarded film composers. Highlights from her unconventional career include: performing as solo violinist for David Lee Roth in several music videos and recordings; playing at the Grammy Awards with the Backstreet Boys; serving as featured soloist in the J.Paul Getty Museum of Art's "Departures" film exhibit; and participating in two tours of Japan with the Percy Faith Orchestra. Melissa has performed on three continents with a show schedule that has taken her from Aspen to London; Taipei to Frankfurt; Milan to Tokyo; and Paris to Moscow. She has made numerous appearances on MTV, the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, and the Tonight Show with a diverse range of artists, including Destiny's Child, Train, Shaggy, and Il Divo. Other collaborators include: The Bangles, Brian McKnight, Dishwalla, *NSYNC, and Mariah Carey. She can also currently be heard on numerous albums, jingles, and films, including the acclaimed 2005 film "Pretty Persuasion," for which she served as violin consultant. . . Melissa is also a songwriter, arranger and lyricist. She has written string arrangements for singer songwriter Joshua Radin, which were premiered on national television (Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Carson Daly Show) and has been writing and producing songs with various other artists. . . . . Melissa is currently on tour (July-September 2008) as the lead violinist for the highest-grossing tour of the summer, the Jonas Brothers "Burnin' Up" Tour. She is honored to perform in the 3-D movie of the "Burnin' Up" Tour, which will be released in January 2008.

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