Violaine Melançon is the founding violinist of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, which has established itself as one of the leading piano trios in the world. Equally committed to the classics of the repertoire and to important new works, the Peabody Trio brings to their music making what the Washington Post calls "the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats." Since its 1990 New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, the Peabody Trio has performed in the most important chamber music series in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Denver, Vancouver, Montreal, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston and Philadelphia. Internationally, they tour frequently in England, making repeat appearances at London's Wigmore Hall, and in Japan and Israel.
After receiving First Prize in violin at the Conservatoire de Musique du Quèbec, Violaine Melançon continued her studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music and with Isadore Tinkleman at the San Francisco Conservatory. While at Curtis, she was a member of the Nisaika Quartet, a prize winner in the 8th International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France. Ms. Melançon is also the recipient of many awards for solo performance including the 1984 Prix d'Europe and the USIA Artistic Ambassadors Award. She serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of Peabody Conservatory.