Melissa Reiner brings her unique musical sensibilities and prodigious talent to a wide variety of professional endeavors. Classically-trained since the age of three, she began intensive studies at the Aspen Music Festival during the summers of 1989-1991, under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Piotr Milewski of the Juilliard School. During the academic year she attended boarding school in Marin County, CA, in order to study with Isador Tinkleman of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and to serve as the Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, with whom she toured Europe in 1992. Melissa then moved to Baltimore to attend the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Shirley Givens, Violaine Melancon and Earl Carlyss (founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet). She toured and performed extensively while a student, including performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the United States and the former Soviet Republic.
After pursuing additional graduate studies at the Peabody Institute and a stint in Paris, Melissa decided to move to Los Angeles, which seemed to be the perfect city in which to explore her curiosity about her art outside the confines of the classical music world. She has been lucky enough to expand upon her fantastic training in a vast number of multi-genre professional projects (please see the Credits page for a complete listing) and continues to employ her additional skills, such as improvising and arranging. Melissa has performed at the Grammy Awards, on The Tonight Show, on Mad TV, on Canada's Much Music, on the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, and on MTV numerous times, including the Janet Jackson Icon Awards. She was the featured violinist for several videos and recordings with David Lee Roth, and is on the albums of Mary J. Blige, Better than Ezra, Dishwalla and the forthcoming Christina Aguilera album. She can also be heard imitating the sounds of a teenager's practice session in the feature film Pretty Persuasion, for which she also served as Violin Consultant.
In addition to her exciting foray into the world of popular music, Melissa continues to play in numerous symphony orchestras, both in the studio (commercial jingles and film/tv scores) and in concert halls around the world. She has toured Taiwan with the Hollywood Pops Orchestra and is a member of the New West Symphony, which has enabled her to tour with Andrea Bocelli and perform with such notables as Pinchas Zukerman and Christopher O'Riley. She has toured Japan twice with the Percy Faith Orchestra and returns for a third tour of Japan in May/June 2008.
Ms. Reiner will participate in Edward Manukyan's "" project in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California, for the upcoming seasons.