Adelaide born pianist Mekhla Kumar is a prize-winning soloist and chamber musician. Recently completing her postgraduate studies at the Freiburg University of Music in Germany, she was awarded a rare 100% for her final examinations. A recipient of many scholarships and prizes including the Australian Postgraduate Award, she frequently performs throughout Germany and Australia and has given live radio broadcasts in both countries.
Celebrating 150 Years of music at the Adelaide Town Hall
This evening’s program will be one to remember, featuring rising-star Adelaide pianist, Mekhla Kumar, and 80 of Adelaide’s most talented young musicians, expertly conducted by 2014 City of Adelaide Citizen of the year, Keith Crellin OAM.
Australian National Piano Award
Mekhla is a competing finalist in the upcoming Australian National Piano Award. Acclaimed for its standard of excellence, the Award is held every two years in Shepparton, Victoria and represents a true test of artistic talent and technical mastery in the world of classical piano.
Adelaide-born pianist Mekhla Kumar is a prize winning solo artist and chamber musician. In 2007 Mekhla gained a place at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in the class of Professor Stefan Ammer, where she completed her Bachelor of Music and graduated with distinction. Following this she undertook Honours, achieving first class. In 2013, under the tutelage of Dr. Tibor Szász. Mekhla achieved a rare 100 percent for her Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. In 2014 she achieved another perfect score for the postgraduate course “Advanced Studies”.
Mekhla has been a recipient of the Principal’s Scholarship, the Patrick Cecil Greenland Scholarship, the EMR travelling Scholarship and was awarded the Rotary Club of Burnside’s “Carpe Diem” Trust. In 2012 Mekhla received the “Emerging Artist Award” from the Elder Conservatorium and the Helpmann Academy and was awarded a grant from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
Mekhla has performed as a soloist with the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and has participated in master classes with Roy Howat, Bart van Oort, Leslie Howard, Imogen Cooper, Bernd Glemser, Claudio Martinez Mahner, Robert Hill and played alongside Marc-André Hamelin.
Mekhla performs throughout Germany and Australia and has broadcast live for German radio stations. Recent performance highlights include the premiere of an arrangement made especially for Mekhla’s chamber music ensemble of Igor Stravinksy’s “The Rite of Spring” for two pianos and percussion, concert performances throughout Germany of the rarely performed “Linea” for two pianos, vibraphone and marimba by Luciano Berio and a solo recital at the “Bach Festival” in Adelaide.
Highlights for 2015 included collaborating with Grammy nominated Estonian-born bassoon virtuoso, Martin Kuuskmann, the Langbein Quartet premiering “Invocation” by Jakub Jankowski, performing 10 Scriabin Sonatas at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and at Elder Hall in celebration of the centenary of Scriabin’s death.
Mekhla is currently completing a PhD at the University of Adelaide on the Liszt Sonata in b minor.