Vasilij Meljnikov studied at the Academy of Music in Minsk, Belarus, with one of the most renowned Russian professors, violinist Olga Parkhomenko, who herself was a student and postgraduate of the famous David Oistrakh. After finishing his postgraduate studies with prof. Parkhomenko, Vasilij Meljnikov perfected his violin performance at the Peter Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He began his pedagogical work as a professor at the Special Secondary School for Exceptional Music Talents in Minsk. As member of the Belarus National Chamber Orchestra he performed in Soviet Union Republics as well as in other European countries. Since 1990 he lives in Slovenia and teaches at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. In 1997 he won the first prize at the Vienna Modern Masters International Competition in Vienna, Austria. For six years he has held the position of the Concert Master of RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. Since 2000 he is a permanent violin professor at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana.