Cellist Isaac Melamed’s musical endeavors connect him to some of the greatest musicians and artists of our time. As a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Isaac has toured nationally to critical acclaim under music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Since joining the Garth Newel Piano Quartet in 2014, Isaac and the quartet have performed throughout Croatia, at the Chautauqua institution, and around much of Virginia and West Virginia. The quartet programs and performs over 50 chamber music concerts each year at the historic Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, Virginia, where they collaborate with guest musicians such as Aaron Berofsky, Juliette Kang, and the Parker and Ensō String Quartets.
A San Francisco native, Isaac studied with Grammy Award-winning cellist Antonio Lysy in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed solo engagements with the UCLA Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. While studying in Manhattan with Alan Stepansky and David Geber, Isaac participated in Manhattan School of Music’s prestigious Orchestral Performance program, including multiple performances in Carnegie Hall. In Amsterdam for a semester, Isaac studied under Dmitri Ferschtman and Daniel Esser of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, while performing in masterclasses for Steven Isserlis and Miklós Perényi.
Isaac currently lives in Bath County, Virginia with his wife Ting-Ting and their cuddly cat, Milo.