Melos, according to the ancient Greeks, is the melodic basis of music: the fusion of word, rhythm, and melody. Indeed, melos is synonymous with music as a performing art; any melody or lyric poem intended for singing. Melos Music Chamber Ensemble combines this strong foundation rooted in the classics with modern additions to convey a story in every concert and evoke emotion in a singing cantabile style.
A Los Angeles based ensemble, Melos Music is dedicated to bringing the highest quality of chamber music concerts to the local community/engaging audiences, particularly our youth in classical concerts/providing affordable tickets to underserved communities and access to experience live classical music/creating programs to meet the needs of the diverse communities of Los Angeles.
Melos' philosophy in outreach is proactive and strives to serve the community from within, bringing interactive concerts and education to local schools in underserved areas of the city. Proceeds from our annual benefit concert support the Good Shepherd Shelter L.A, the first domestic violence shelter in LA. Melos also works to bring Family Music to women and children of the shelter as a way of healing. Matinee concerts are intended to serve members of the community who do not have the means or opportunity to attend live evening performances.
Melos Music's concert season presents 3-5 thematically conceived concerts, all of them performed by diverse ensembles and covering music from baroque to contemporary composers, most notably local L.A. composers. /concerts-tickets
Natalia Hudson (piano) has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Western Europe in numerous festivals and concerts, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, First Night Charleston, the International Piano Series, the Young Artist Concert Series, the Drayton Hall, the LACC, and Moreno Valley College Concert Series. She has performed as a soloist with several orchestras and served as a vocal accompanist for South of Broadway Theatre Company, as well as accompanist for the Southeastern Ballet Company. A native of South Carolina, Natalia was awarded the Isabella Mebane Piano Performance Scholarship to pursue a performance degree under Enrique Graf at the College of Charleston. She continued her artist education at the Conservatory in Madrid, Spain under Uta Weyand. Her other main influences include Vitalij Margulis and Ilana Vered. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and has participated in the World Piano Pedagogy (WPPC), MTNA, and Focus on Piano Literature conferences. An active member of the California and National Music Teacher's Associations, she teaches at her private studio in the Pasadena/San Marino area as well as Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights. As Artistic Director of Melos Music, Natalia firmly believes in the power of music to heal, uplift, and unite people by transcending any boundaries of race, gender, religious, economic or cultural backgrounds. www.nataliahudson.com
Gerardo Morales (guitar) is a guitarist, percussionist, songwriter, and producer performing throughout the United States, Spain, and Latin America. He is an essential member LA’s Subsuelo and under his direction produces Flamenco and Latin influenced shows at The Fountain Theatre in Hollywood. An East Los Angeles native, Gerardo was influenced from a young age by various styles of music, e.g Classical, Rancheras, 80’s music, Hip Hop, Rock n’ Roll and began to play guitar and the drum set at the age of 12. He began studying cajón with Peruvian cajónero Zarandonga and Latin percussion with Ricardo Tikki Pasillas. Moving on to explore the rhythms of Flamenco; it was his dedication and natural affinity for rhythm that soon lead him to perform in LA’s most noted venues with artists including Juan Talavera’s Men of Flamenco, Amador Rojas’ Mandela, Manuel Gutierrez, Adam del monte. He toured the U.S. with Niño and Isaac de los Reyes and was privileged to teach several master workshops for cajón at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Gerardo’s passion for music goes beyond percussion; he is also a classical and Flamenco guitarist having studied at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and the Conservatorio Profesional de Música Cristóbal de Morales in Sevilla, Spain. While in Spain, he studied with David Marin and accompanied famed flamenco dancer Juana Amaya. As a Pop Latin percussionist, Gerardo toured the U.S. with LA’s Burning Star and shared the stage with The Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Christina Aguilera, and Kanye West. In 2012, he released his first album Morales.Lara’s Dreaming Awake. He has worked on films including Toy Story 3, Little Fockers, and Think Like a Man. Gerardo is one of the founding member of the band The Mighty Tears of Joy and is currently working with JME on his newest album. www.gerardomorales.com
Ágnes Székely Schwartz (violin, viola) has performed since the age of eleven in twenty-five countries as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, including Europe, Israel, China and the US. Known for her rich, sensitive tone and virtuosity, she specializes in early music, contemporary music, Hungarian composers, gypsy music and free improvisation. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Ágnes holds a Music Masters in Viola Performance from Liszt Academy of Music/Budapest and has the distinction of having performed all the violin and viola concertos of Béla Bartók. After coming to America on a String Fellowship to Aspen Music Festival, she achieved a Masters in Violin Performance from CSU Northridge where she won the 2009 Concerto Competition. Her violin recitals have graced Nixon Library, CSU Northridge, APU, LACC, Santa Monica Emeritus College, Moreno Valley College, The Hungarian Embassy, United Hungarian House and many churches. After holding Concertmaster and Principal Viola positions throughout Europe and America, she is currently Concertmaster since 2007 of the Rio Hondo Symphony in Whittier, as well as Concertmaster for many orchestras, opera/musical theatre companies, and studio and college orchestras throughout Greater Los Angeles. Locally she teaches violin and viola, including the College of the Canyons, Azusa Pacific University, Moscow School of Music and Arts, Los Angeles Music Academy, Hayfield Conservatory of Music and at her private studio in Valencia. Ms. Schwartz is an active member of many music organizations and adjudicates for MTAC and ASTA in Southern CA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pola Benke (cello) is a Polish-born cellist. She began playing the cello when she was eight. She went to the M. Karlowicz Conservatory of Music for her high school studies in Krakow, Poland from 2003- 2006. In 2006 she attended Oklahoma City University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance. In 2007 Pola made her debut as a soloist with the University orchestra performing Grave by Lutoslawski. Pola Benke holds a Master’s Degree from The Boston Conservatory where she received outstanding orchestral training. In 2014 she finished her postgraduate studies with Marek Szpakiewicz in Los Angeles; CA. Pola has been awarded full scholarships throughout her education. She has studied with several significant cellists including Dominik Polonski, Marek Szpakiewicz, Rhonda Rider, Sato Knudsen, Stanislaw Popov, Lynn Harrell, Aldo Parisot, Ko Iwasaki, and Astrid Schween. She has participated in, and been invited to, many major music festivals in Europe (InterHarmony Music Festival, Germany and International Music Courses in Lancut, Poland) and United States (Aspen Music Festival). Pola has been in countless performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member. She performed with many significant musicians throughout Europe and United States of America. Pola Benke specializes in modern classical music. She premiered and recorded many modern pieces. For the past four years she was a member of Sinfonietta Cracovia, an outstanding chamber orchestra from Poland that is under the patronage of world famous composer, Krzysztof Penderecki. Pola is a director of the International Cello Festival “Hello- Cello.” She is currently living and performing in Los Angeles, California.