Mel Atoyan


Melisa Gohar Atoyan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina of Armenian parents. She started playing the violin at the age of
four. At age 9, she won the junior division of the Argentinean Music Competition, “La Fundación de Banco Mayo”, and performed with the “Banco Mayo” Orchestra as a soloist.

In 2001 her family moved to New York, where she was accepted into The Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. In 2005 Melisa was a member of the first violin section in the New York Youth Symphony and her NYYS chamber group was selected to perform on several occasions in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her chamber music coaches at NYYS have included Ani
Kavafian, members of the Shanghai Quartet and Gillbert Kalish.
Melisa has attended the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, where she performed in the master classes of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried.

She has also performed frequently in many cultural centers of the Armenian community in and around New York City. Since the fall
2008, Melisa’s teacher have included Daniel Philips and Hrachya Harutyunyan. She was Accepted into the International Competition Training Course at “La Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” in Italy in 2010/11, and studied with renown pedagogue, Pavel
Vernikov. Later that year she got Accepted into Brussels Royal Conservatory in Belgium in the studio of Valery Oistrakh. In 2014 Melisa has been part of the America’s Got Talent string section for Emily West’s performance at the Radio City Music Hall and has frequently performed in venues such as the Zinc bar, The
Cutting Room, NY – among others.