Jennifer Melvin is a professionally trained violinist and Celtic fiddler. Born and raised in the small village of Canning, in Nova Scotia (east coast of Canada), she grew up surrounded with traditional Celtic music, and in a home that nurtured the love of classical music.
Through her early teens, she successfully competed in several music competitions, and played in multiple orchestras. Jennifer received a scholarship to the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She was named concert-mistress of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, and toured through China with them in 2007. After this, she commenced her studies in Violin Performance at the University of Toronto, under the esteemed concertmaster of the TSO, Jacques Israelievitch.
Jennifer toured Canada with the well known Irish-Scottish group, Hawp, in 2009. In 2011 she co-founded the acoustic Celtic group known as The Sidhe, with whom she has premiered some of her recent compositions.
She has been teaching privately for 4 years, and has experience teaching both by ear and written music. She has taught students with visual impairments, and also with learning disabilities.