Melanie Gruwez is a Belgian violinist, passionate about different music genres and collaborations with other art forms. She is an award-winning chamber musician, obtaining the St James Prize 2021 with Picea Quartet. Her international orchestral experience includes playing at Barbican, Bozar and Oriental Art Centre Shanghai.
As a baroque violinist, she played alongside the Academy of Ancient Music and Barokksolistene. She joined the vibrant Theresia Orchestra in 2022, with whom she tours around Europe. Melanie is the Early Career Artist 2023 with the Instruments of Time & Truth.
Additionally, Melanie performed with Ambrose Akinmusire and Whitney, collaborated with dance and theatre such as Venn by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and created her own show with film Melancholia. She is passionate about improvisation, having learned with David Dolan, Robert Levin and Yves Senden.
Melanie Gruwez obtained her Artist Masters from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2022, having previously graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and studied at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She mastered the violin under Ofer Falk, Guido De Neve and Shirly Laub, and baroque violin under Oliver Webber and Chiara Banchini. She performed in masterclasses with Philippe Graffin, Stephan Picard, Pavel Vernikov, Ezster Haffner, Endellion Quartet and Pražák Quartet.