Meet the Orchestra

Melanie Lançon

Flute, Section Principal 

Melanie Lançon was appointed Principal Flute of the Auckland Philharmonia in 2018 and will make her solo debut with the orchestra in 2020. 

Praised for her captivating interpretations of the symphonic repertoire, she has appeared as guest Principal Flute with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Pacific Symphony in the United States.  Her collaborations include a myriad of distinguished conductors and celebrated artists – most notably Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Yuja Wang.  Melanie was featured as soloist with Camerata Pacifica in Santa Barbara, California last year, and served as Juror for the 2019 Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand. 

From 2013 to 2016, Melanie held the position of Principal Flute with Central City Opera in Colorado, and was Acting 2nd Flute in the Utah Symphony|Utah Opera for their 2014-15 season.  She was previously a Fellow with New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where she worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. He described her as a “beguiling player” and she was lauded for her “dazzling performances, infused with depth of both technique and interpretation” by South Florida Classical Review.  Other engagements include Houston Grand Opera/Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Baton Rouge Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and Music Academy of the West. 

Melanie has been a key performer on numerous broadcasts and recordings. She is featured in Peter Shickele’s video production P.D.Q. Bach in Houston: We Have a Problem! and as solo flutist in the film “Domus”, which accompanies designer John Saladino’s book, Villa.  She was highlighted on CBS Miami in 2012, Minnesota Public Radio in 2015, and can be heard on albums with Seattle, Utah, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras.

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the United States, Melanie received her Master’s degree from Rice University and earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern University, where she won the 2002 Concerto Competition. Her principal teachers were Timothy Day, Walfrid Kujala, and Leone Buyse.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys hiking, making jewelry, and cooking Cajun food.

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