My Music


A native of Western New York, where as a child she studied piano, violin, viola and organ, Melissa Maier received her BA from Trinity College, Hartford, studying theory and composition with Arnold Franchetti. Upon moving to Lugano, Switzerland in 1983, she became the pupil of Paul Glass. Her works have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia. She is the recipient of various prizes and commissions, including one from the Elisarion Foundation in Switzerland to write a piece for solo trumpet, New Leaf. Other works include fugue states for string quartet, premiered in Seoul in 2003; against hope, a prelude and fugue for piano; Der Geist von Schlegel for piano trio, awarded in the chamber music category at the 2004 International Festival of Women Composers; and looking back for violin solo, performed twice by Karen Bentley Pollick. Pretiolae per non dormire, for horn and string orchestra, was recorded and distributed in 1995 by the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. The orchestral work (poetic) license was selected for a reading session by the Women’s Philharmonic.

She also served for six years on the Board of Directors of the International Alliance for Women in Music.

J.S. Bach wearing Santa hat.

The home shrine

(She admires music of many styles and eras, but considers the music of J.S. Bach to be the well that never runs dry.)

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