Melissa graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st class honours degree in 2005 and was awarded Distinction LRSM for piano performance the same year. Following a Erasmus Programme of study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar, Germany she was awarded the Weingarten Scholarship and spent a year studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2008 Melissa returned to complete her Masters at Birmingham Conservatoire studying with Philip Martin and Victor Sangiorgio. Melissa’s performing experience and interests reflect the diversity of her musical education and she enjoys a rich and varied freelance career as recitalist and accompanist.In addition to performing, Melissa is active as rehearsal pianist for various opera companies and choirs in the Midlands. She works on a freelance basis for Birmingham Opera Company, and Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange and Elmurst School for Dance as ballet pianist. In addition to performing, Melissa is a teacher at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, Edgbaston High School for Girls and has a thriving network of private piano students.