Nuné Melik

Nuné Melik was born in Siberia, of Armenian descent and began playing the violin at age 6. After attending Gnessin Music College (2001-2008), she won a full scholarship to the Moscow Conservatory. She also won a full two-year scholarship to the University of Montréal when she was 19, and at 20, was the youngest student to graduate with a master’s degree (2011).

Nuné has been awarded grants from the David Oistrakh Foundation and the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation, among others. In 2014, she was awarded the Performing Arts Fellowship from the Armenian General Benevolent Union. She has won numerous international competitions and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall and the Glenn Gould Auditorium.

A proud promoter of classical Armenian music, Nuné was chosen as Canada’s cultural representative for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015. This year she will also record a CD of Armenian and Georgian music. She currently lives between New York and Montréal.

ca. 1750 Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin

This violin was crafted by master luthier Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi, of Milan, Italy. It was made at the zenith of his career and around the same time as his great contemporary G.B. Guadagnini was based in Milan. Landolfi was known for his beautiful varnishes, and this violin bears a fine reddish brown varnish, richly applied over an amber base. The instrument is in remarkable condition and its voice has a clean and focused core that easily reaches out to the back of the concert hall.

  • Loan from Helen Mailer
  • Acquired: 2014
  • Value: $375,000