Melbourne-based percussionist Kaylie Melville is a soloist and chamber musician dedicated to new music performance. Noted for her “extraordinary ability to impart a sense of musicality to even the smallest gestures” (Partial Durations), Kaylie is a core artist with new music pioneers Speak Percussion and performs regularly with many of Australia’s leading new music ensembles, including the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, the Argonaut Ensemble and Press,Play. She is also a co-director of the chamber ensemble Rubiks, recognised by Limelight Magazine for their “superbly executed exploration of recent masterworks”, and the Artistic Director of the Bricolage percussion ensemble.
As a passionate advocate of new music, Kaylie has performed in the world premieres of major Australian works, including Kate Neal’s ‘Semaphore’ (Arts House 2015) and Jack Symond’s ‘Double Purity’ double concerto for viola d’amore and percussion (BIFEM 2016). Her festival appearances include the Metropolis New Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Salihara Festival (Indonesia), and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (US). Kaylie has also participated in a number of prestigious new music courses including the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music (Germany, 2016), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA, 2015) and So Percussion’s Summer Institute at Princeton University (USA, 2013).
Recent awards include an Australia Council ArtStart Grant, the University of Melbourne’s Professional Pathways Scholarship, and the Australian National Academy of Music’s John and Rosemary MacLeod Traveling Fellowship. Kaylie was Speak Percussion’s Young Artist in Residence in 2014, was selected as a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition in 2015, and was a finalist for the Freedman Classical Fellowship in 2016. In November 2016 she was featured in ABC Classic FM’s ’40 Under 40′, a focus on Australian music and artists in celebration of Australian Music Month.