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Melinda Baird, Piano

melinda bairdPianist Melinda Lambert Baird enriches the world stage with her blend of sensitivity, fire, passion and warmth. An international competition finalist and winner of the National Young Artist Award in the US, her performances have taken her world-wide to Paris, Salzburg, Banff, Israel, both coasts, and Carnegie’s Weill Hall.  She has played as soloist with the Spokane Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony, Indiana University Orchestra, Wenatchee Symphony, Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, Mercury Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Baird has appeared as guest artist in Crested Butte, Denver, Aspen, Salt Lake City, and Indianapolis.

The Dallas Morning News calls her playing “poetic and tasteful” and the Ft. Worth Star Telegram declared her music “fiery (yet) lusciously voiced.”  At age 14, the Deseret News stated her performance to be “Spectacularly detailed playing, in which her technical work was top-notch, and produced a brilliant clarity and plenty of big-hall spaciousness.”

Ms. Baird is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with and serves as studio assistant to Menahem Pressler, and was awarded both Chancellor’s Fellowship and Edwards Fellowship for leadership and service, the highest award given at the University. 

Melinda will be joining the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington DC in 2008, where she has already begun a series “Music and The Masters” at the Washington DC Mormon Temple Visitor’s center.

As chamber player Ms. Baird has worked closely with such notables as Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Alex Kerr, Jonathan Carney, and Emilio Colon.

The oldest of eight musical sisters, Melinda collaborates regularly with her three favorite violinists: her mother, former Utah Symphony member Anne Lambert, her sister, Sue Lambert Smith, and her daughter, Shaundra.