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Thomas Mellan -

Thomas Mellan, soprano

Thomas Mellan

USC Thornton School of Music


Thomas Mellan -
Born in Lyon, France in 1995, ist/composer Thomas Mellan has lived in San Diego, California since 2000. In 2010 and 2011, he won first place in the Spreckels Society Scholarship Auditions. In 2011, he won the Bach prize in the American Guild of ists’ Regional Competition for Young ists. In 2011 and 2013, he was a winner of the prestigious national competition sponsored by the San Diego-based Musical Merit Foundation. This was followed by the honor to be one of six ists invited to record on the official Walt Disney Concert Hall DVD. In June of 2012, he performed a solo recital as the Young Artist of the Year in the 23rd Festival at Église St. Eustache in Paris, France.

At the age of six Mr. Mellan began studying classical guitar. Gradually his passion turned to making music on the and piano. He has studied composition, music theory and harmony since the age of twelve, and has written over thirty compositions, including works for symphony orchestra, string orchestra, guitar orchestra, various chamber ensembles, string quartet, solo guitar, violin, piano and , as well as a collection of pieces for electronic media. Many of these compositions have been performed in such venues as the Chautauqua Institute (New York), Rider University and the Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, New Jersey), the Spreckels Pavilion (San Diego, California), Walt Disney Concert Hall, (Los Angeles, California) and Église St. Eustache (Paris, France). Mr. Mellan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in performance and composition at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, studying with Cherry Rhodes, composition with Andrew Norman, piano with Antoinette Perry, music theory with Morten Lauridsen and counterpoint with Neil Desby. Thomas Mellan was awarded the Thornton Faculty Award in 2013, the most prestigious scholarship awarded to an undergraduate at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Musical Merit Foundation - Awards and Performances

2011 Winner
$5000 Scholarship
Fenstermaker Award


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Additional Biography:

A French-born pianist, ist, and composer, Thomas is fifteen years old. He studies piano with Katalin Lukacs, and improvisation with Christopher Cook, and composition with UCSD's Richard Snow. For the past two years he has been awarded mention as an Emerging Composer at the New York Art Ensemble's young composer competition. Thomas is the first-place winner of the San Diego AGO scholarship auditions.

Thomas picked up his first guitar at age 6, and his first compositions date from 2007 and were written for the guitar. In September 2008, he conducted the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra in a performance of his "Fugue for 4 Guitars in E major". In addition to the guitar, Thomas has written music in styles ranging from medieval to contemporary for both symphonic and chamber ensembles. Thomas' improvisations on blues and jazz (guitar), Eastern scales (guitar, ), and medieval modes (piano, ) have inspired him on his composition journey.

In February 2009, Thomas' String Quartet No. 2 T14 was awarded the prize of "Emerging Composer" in New York Art Ensemble's young composer competition. Thomas has recently entered his "Toccata and Interruptions T19" in the National Association of Composers, USA - San Francisco Bay Area's composer competition. Thomas' strongest contemporary influences are Olivier Messiaen, Charles Tournemire, and his teachers Dana Reason Myers, Katalin Lukacs and Richard Snow. His goal is to study at the Conservatoire Superieur National de Musique of Paris, and to be be part of the great French tradition by being ist of the grand orgue at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. In his free time, Thomas enjoys bird-watching, practicing tai chi sword, and playing soccer.