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PATINA May 2020 Meeting (Melanie Belongia)
May 17, 2020 @ 8:30 am - January 19, 2023 @ 2:00 pm
PATINA is proud to present violin maker, Melanie Belongia.
A graduate of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, Melanie studied violin with Eugene Drucker of the Grammy Award winning Emerson Quartet at the Hartt School of Music. She performed with the Katahdin String Quartet and met many contemporary violin makers which inspired her to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a violin maker.
Melanie moved to Boston and graduated from the North Bennet Street School with a degree in Violin Making and Restoration and apprenticed for several years. Ms. Belongia worked for several prestigious violin firms and auction houses before returning to Hampton Roads to focus on making and restoration.
Her experience as a professional musician gives her valuable insight into her work as a luthier and she is well known for her skills in making an instrument sound, and play, its very best.
When not at her bench, she can be found playing her 5-string violin with Bound Roots. Melanie welcomes the opportunity to give back to arts & educational organizations and serves on the board of advisors for Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia.
Melanie will demonstrate purfling or similar techniques.