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.

2020 Reviews

https://www.classicmelbourne.com.au/melbourne-digital-concert-hall-women-in-music-festival-plexus-prism/

https://www.theage.com.au/culture/music/trio-shine-a-light-on-women-composers-new-works-20200719-p55de0.html