US-based New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville has been described as “having an original and intelligent musical mind” (Waikato Times), “a marvelous pianist who plays with splashy color but also exquisite tone and nuance” (American Record Guide), and “the sort of advocate any composer would love” (Dominion Post). Her live performances and recordings have been broadcast on Canadian, U.S., New Zealand, South African and Chinese radio, and she has been involved in numerous interdisciplinary projects with dancers, filmmakers and visual artists, including a performance at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Nicola attended Victoria University School of Music, Wellington, where she studied with Judith Clark, and then earned Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Lizzie T. Mason prize for Outstanding Graduate Pianist, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Nicola won both the National Concerto Competition and the Auckland Star Concerto Competition while in New Zealand, and was a winner of the SAI International Concerto Competition at the Chautauqua Music Festival, NY. Nicola has recorded for the Innova and Equilibrium labels, and is a founding member of the cross-cultural ensemble, Intersection. In 2014 Nicola became the pianist for the Twin Cities-based new music group, Zeitgeist. She is Professor at Carleton College, Minnesota, and is Artistic Co-Director of the Chautauqua Music Festival Piano Program in New York.