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B i o g r a p h y

Melissa Douglas is an Australian composer currently based in Melbourne. Her compositions have been performed in Australia, the UK, US and Europe. She is currently the Cybec Young Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. 


Melissa has been commissioned by a variety of musicians, chamber ensembles and festivals, such as the BBC Singers, the London Women of the World Festival, PLEXUS, pianists Clare Hammond and Grace Francis, the Magnard Ensemble, the Polaris Duo and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Melissa’s music is evocative, dramatic and versatile. Her

piano piece, Solo Gratia, performed by Grace Francis, was broadcast

on BBC Radio 3 in 2015 and digitally released on Launch Music

International and iTunes.


Her composition for alto saxophone and harp, Spheres, was

commissioned by the Polaris Duo and features on their debut album

'illuminate', released in April 2018. The work received its Croatian

premiere at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb.

Melissa studied Piano and Composition at the Melbourne

Conservatorium of Music. She continued postgraduate studies in

Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (2014-16) in the

United Kingdom, graduating with an MMus in Composition with

Distinction in 2016.


Melissa was the recipient of the RNCM Patricia Cunliffe Composition Prize in 2015.

She is a Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre.


Plexus: Prism Concert 2020 - Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

The Age: Women in Music Festival 2020

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