B i o g r a p h y
Melanie Walters is an Adelaide-based flautist who specialises in contemporary classical music. She has recently completed a PhD in the flute music of German-Australian composer Felix Werder, for which she received a Dean's Commendation.
She was a fellow at the 2014 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and is half of the new music duo Stereo/Mono. She is a member of the COMA New Music Ensemble, and is Principal Flute of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, and has performed with many other ensembles including the Soundstream Collective, the Stables Ensemble, Chronology Arts, and the electro-acoustic ensemble CrashCatalyst. She was one of the soloists in the Australian premiere of Sciarrino's Il Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni in 2015, and has performed in festivals including the Earin Festival, the Australian Flute Festival, and the Tilde New Music Festival.
She was the recipient of the 2012 Naomi Cumming Postgraduate Student Prize from the Musicological Society of Australia (SA Chapter) and the 2013 Elder Conservatorium Postgraduate Prize for Research Excellence, and was a University of Adelaide finalist in the 2013 Three Minute Thesis competition. She has written music reviews for the Adelaide Advertiser, Limelight, and The Conversation.