Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer who’s solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres. Melissa is the new Artistic Director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival in Portland, Maine and a founding member and the Executive Director of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). As a member of the Ensō String Quartet from 2006 until its final season in 2018, Melissa toured both nationally and internationally, with highlight performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions. A sought-after collaborative musician, Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, and has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and with Musicians from Marlboro. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Melissa is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and they live in New York City with their seven-year-old son, Linus.