Who we are
We are a couple which like art and music!
MMus BMus Hons LRSM
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 an 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 achieving Commendation, 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.
Throughout her studies, and thereafter, Melissa's particular interests have been in playing Twentieth century piano repertoire and working in instrumental duos specialising in Vocal, Violin and Clarinet repertoire. She has played in the past in duo's with Jack McNeill, Paloma Trigas, Sarah Ann Cromwell to name but a few.
During her time at the Conservatoire, Melissa was pianist for contemporary music ensemble Interrobang and collaborated on many contemporary projects including organising and performing in a performance of Bobby Previte’s 23 Constellations of Joan Miro with improvisation and live visuals, and performing the premier of "Orbits" composed by Alexander J Harker, an interactive piece for piano that premiered at the CBSO centre with the Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre. More recently she has collaborated on a physical theatre piece under the direction of Daniel Piaszczyk, which premiered at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton involving live solo improvisation for the duration of the piece.
In addition to performing, Melissa is active as a rehearsal pianist for various companies and choirs in the Midlands. She plays for Birmingham Opera Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, CBSO, DanceXchange and Elmurst School for Dance as ballet pianist and for Midland's Hospital Choir.
Alongside freelance playing, Melissa has a thriving network of piano students both in schools such as Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, Edgbaston High School for Girls, Hallfield School, Bluecoat School, King Edwards School and privately.
Melissa has a keen interest in the diversity of, and interrelation of the arts and has recently set up Room Art with her partner and photographer Marcin Sz. This is an Art Gallery and Music Venue within their home, in which they curate and install quarterly exhibitions and put on events such as concerts, discussion groups and workshop as a way of sharing fine arts and music within the community in an informal and approachable way.
I am not a photographer. I am a storyteller. I am a writer. Some people use words to write. I use photographs. But it is the same. All art forms are simply different dialects of the same language, a language of storytelling, about the world inside us and around us.
I am interested in emotions of people. As my reportage photography is storytelling of the emotions of people around me, so my landscape photography is the story of my own emotions. I hope you enjoy both types of my writing.
I believe that photographs are made, and not taken.