Melanie Levin, second violin player for The Phoenix Symphony, grew up in New York and Los Angeles, and began her music career with piano lessons at age five. Her father was a pianist, her mother was a dancer, and both of her brothers played piano, although each is in a different career today. When she was eight, Levin gave up piano in favor of the violin. During junior high school, her family moved to Arizona. However, she spent several summers studying at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Melanie began playing with The Phoenix Symphony while she was still attending Arizona State University on a music scholarship. She moved to Buffalo, New York, to play with the Buffalo Philharmonic two years later. In 1976, Melanie returned to The Phoenix Symphony, where she met and later married fellow second violinist, Joel Levin. The couple have two sons, Michael and Joshua. Melanie is also the proud mother of two older sons, Dean and Scott.
In the summer, the Levins escape the Arizona heat to perform in the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colo. During the regular season, Levin can be heard performing with the Sonoran String Quartet on her 1626 Antonius & Heronamus Amati violin. Her hobbies include collecting and refinishing antique furniture. She loves to travel and recently enjoyed a trip to Japan for her son's wedding.