Melnikov’s recording of the Shostakovich cycle, released in 2010 with harmonia mundi, was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award 2011 in the instrumental category, “Choc de classica” for the best recording in 2010, and the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik 2010. After a highly-acclaimed performance at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in November 2010, Melnikov will bring this cycle to Berlin, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Tokyo and Nagoya in the 2011/12 season.
Chamber music provides an essential complement to Melnikov’s activities. In addition to Isabelle Faust, his colleagues include Alexander Rudin and Jean-Guihen Queyras. He also performs as a member of a wind quintet featuring Teunis van der Zwart (horn), Marcel Ponseele (oboe), Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet) and Javier Zafra (bassoon).
As a recitalist, Melnikov has appeared in halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Paris’s Theatre du Chatelet and London’s Wigmore Hall. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra (under Charles Dutoit), Rotterdam Philharmonic (under Valery Gergiev), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Melnikov’s recent highlights include appearances with the HR-Sinfonieorchester (under Paavo Ja?rvi), NHK Symphony (under Alexander Vedernikov), Orquesta Sinfo?nica de Madrid and Mahler Chamber Orchestra (under Teodor Currentzis). Upcoming appearances include solo and duo recital tours to the United States, Japan, and across Europe, as well as performances with such orchestras as Concerto Ko?ln, NDR Sinfonieorchester, HR-Sinfonieorchester and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden- Baden & Freiburg.