Melissa Reardon Viola Masterclass

NEC: Williams Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Melissa Reardon, violist of the Borromeo String Quartet, presents a masterclass featuring students from the NEC viola studios.

Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer whose solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Melissa is the Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland, ME, Artist in Residence at Bard College and Conservatory and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). As a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally, with highlight performances in Sydney, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center to name a few. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions. A sought-after collaborative musician and teacher, Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, and has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro. She held the post of Associate Professor of Viola at East Carolina University from 2007 -2013, and earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and they live in NYC with their seven-year-old son Linus.


  1. Biber: Passacaglia in C Minor arr. for Solo Viola

    • Jowen Hsu, viola
  2. Krenek: Sonata for Solo Viola

    I. Allegro Moderato
    II. Adagio
    III. Scherzo
    IV. Chaconne
    • Njord Fossnes, viola
  3. Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

    I. Allegro Appassionato

    • Lydia Plaut, viola