October 20, 2023
Violinist Nuné Melik began her career as a child prodigy in Moscow, launching a remarkable musical journey that took the Siberian-born artist of Armenian origin from Russia to Montreal, and eventually New York. After earning her Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Montreal and McGill, she moved to NYC, where she taught and performed at venues including Carnegie Hall.
Last spring, Nuné joined the Kaufman faculty as an Instrument Discovery instructor, giving young children their first taste of a variety of instruments. This year her teaching portfolio includes a broad range of Kaufman programs, from Special Music School and Young Artist Program chamber groups to private lessons with adult violinists at Lucy Moses School. She was immediately impressed by Kaufman students’ high level of playing as well as their wonderful attitude toward the learning process.
Nuné loves teaching because it’s about serving others and helping them improve their skills. “I love working with little kids because they’re like sponges, and it’s so gratifying to see their progress,” she says. “And I like teaching adults because they’re so motivated. It’s truly beautiful to see how their musical progress boosts their confidence and impacts other life skills.”
Learn more and watch Nuné perform on her website.