|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, classical, crossover, jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Multi-instrumentalist & Designer of the Vio7|
|Instruments||Violin, piano, keyboards, guitar|
Armands Melnbārdis is a Latvian-born musician and recording artist.
Melnbārdis was born and raised in Riga, Latvia by his mother Helga Ingeborga Melnbārde accomplished artist & author. His violin studies began at the young age of five at Emīls Dārziņš Music School Conservatory of Music, Riga, Latvia (Emīla Dārziņa mūzikas vidusskola). Armand began touring internationally at the age of twelve. In 1992 after one of his solo performances in the famous Wagner Hall in Riga, he was offered to continue his education at Stetson University with world renown classical violinist Dr. Alvaro Gomez, where upon his arrival he became the concertmaster of Stetson Symphony.
Bachelor of Music, Stetson University, DeLand FL
Rollins College · Master of Music Education · Music Education · Winter Park, Florida
Emīls Dārziņš Music School Conservatory of Music, Riga, Latvia
Melnbārdis toured throughout Europe and the USA since the early age of twelve, (performing in Germany, France, Finland, Russia, United Kingdom, Whales, Scotland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia)
HAS PERFORMED / RECORDED WITH THE FOLLOWING RECORDING ARTIST:
HAS PERFORMED WITH ORCHESTRAS:
Orlando Bach Festival Symphony, Orlando Symphony, Ft. Myers Symphony, Ft Lauderdale Opera House Orchestra, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Daytona Beach Symphony & Guild, Ormond Beach Symphony, Space Coast Pops Symphony, Florida Lakes Symphony, Seaside Music Theatre Orchestra, National Opera Symphony of Latvia.
HELD CONCERTMASTER POSITIONS AT:
United European International Orchestra Summit Cognac, France Stetson Symphony, DeLand, FL, Ormond Beach Symphony, Stetson Chamber Orchestra, DeLand, FL
HAS BEEN FEATURED AS SOLOIST WITH:
Ormond Beach Symphony, Stetson University Orchestra'
Vio7 String Quartet, Barron String Quartet, Ormond String Quartet
"ARMAND Live From New York City" (TBN)
"ARMAND & ROB ROCK Christmas Special" (#1) (TBN)
"ARMAND & ROB ROCK Christmas Special" (#2) (TBN)
"Carman Halloween Special" (TBN)
"Christmas with N'Sync" (MTV, VH1)
Vio7 "The Seventh String" (7-string rock/metal violin)
"Vintage Colours" (smooth jazz violin)
"Pure Vanilla Christmas" (classical/jazz/Broadway)
"Upon The Christmas Night" (jazz/pop/classical/Christian)
"Dig" With Heaven and Earth (2013)
Recognition and awards
A.S.T.A. Young Artist Competition in Miami, FL
Stetson University Concerto Competition, DeLand, FL
Upcoming Classical Stars Competition, Riga, Latvia
- http://www.emergenza.net/US/en-us/.../armand-melnbardis.aspx[permanent dead link]
- http://violinsrule.libsyn.com/episode-10-no-guitars-needed-armand-shreds-wit[permanent dead link]...