B i o g r a p h y

Melissa Douglas is an Australian composer currently based in Melbourne. Her compositions have been performed internationally in Australia, the UK and Europe. She has been commissioned by a variety of soloists, chamber ensembles and festivals. She has written for ensembles such as the BBC Singers, pianists Clare Hammond and Grace Francis, the Magnard Ensemble, PLEXUS, the Polaris Duo and the Royal Northern College of Music’s Brand New Orchestra.

Melissa’s music is evocative, colourful, 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.