Biography

Melissa is an Irish pianist.
a Cambridge University Graduate and now a recent graduate from Masters in Music Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, and a multiple award winner for piano.

Melissa began piano studies at home in Dublin, and successfully won scholarships in 1980 to study with international concert pianist Dr John O’Conor, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. ¬†She has won many first prizes for piano solo at the competitions at the Dublin Feis Ceoil and other national events.

Achieving excellent results in  final state exams in Ireland, Melissa gained a place at Newnham College, Cambridge University where she read a BA in law graduating in 1991. Melissa had also been awarded first place in Spanish in the country, and this reflected in her interest in Spanish music.

Scholarships followed to participate at masterclasses at the Santiago de Compostela course studying with Professor Manuel Carra and Profesor Antonio Iglesias. And in 1993 she won an Italian government scholarship to Chigiana masterclass in Siena where she was accepted for the class of Spanish pianist, Maestro Joaquin Achucarro. More recently she was awarded first class honours, with highest marks for playing Albeniz and Falla.

From late 1980s Melissa has pursued music studies in Dublin and also in London. She studied first with Christopher Elton, and took lessons from famous piano teacher Madam Maria Curcio. While at Cambridge she won a Cambridge Instrumental Music Award for piano which provides specialised tuition and opportunities for both chamber and solo concerts at the University.

Later, at postgraduate, Melissa received her lessons from Dr David Mooney, Head of Keyboard Studies at the Conservatory of Music and Drama. ANd there have been many opportunities for performing at master-classes of visiting international artists, including Barry Douglas, Philippe Cassard, Pavel Nersessian, Ian Jones, and for chamber music, the Vanburgh Quartet.

For further information please refer to my website concert page.

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