After a period of serious illness, Mellema has reinvented herself as a musician. The familiar Amstel Quartet was left behind and they went their own way. According to him, the music became more intuitive and more intense. A story is told on stage and the viewer cannot help but continue to watch mesmerized. Ties is renowned both as a soloist and as a player in an ensemble. Many music prizes were won, including the prestigious Dutch Music Prize.