Melissa Gore was born in Kagoshima, Japan, with British father and Japanese mother, and started to play the piano at the age of four. In 2002, Melissa entered the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, where she studied with Alexandra Andrievsky and Ruth Nye (former student and assistant of Claudio Arrau). She then moved on to study at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Pascal Devoyon and Rikako Murata where she gained her performing diploma and Konzertexamen degree. Alongside her solo studies, she has also received coaching from Axel Bauni and Eric Schneider for lied accompaniment. During her studies in Berlin, she has received scholarships from the Paul-Hindemith-Gesellschaft Berlin e.V., and the Yehudi Menuhin "Live Music Now" Berlin e.V.

 

Melissa has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician including concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Menuhin Hall, Steinway Haus Berlin, Alte- Nationalgalerie Berlin, Stefaninsaal Graz and the Würzburger Residenz. As a soloist, she has worked with orchestras including Kagoshima Symphony Orchestra Japan, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Krakow, L'Orchestre national de Lorraine, and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, her first solo record "Chopin" was released from Studio N.A.T. Japan.

 

Her prizes include 2nd Prize at 16th Artur Schnabel Competition Berlin, 3rd Prize at 24. Concours International de Piano d'Epinal, Kirishima Music Festival Award Japan, "best pianist prize" at the 2013 Paula-Salomon-Lindberg-Wettbewerb Berlin, and 1st Prize at the 9th International "Franz Schubert and the Modern Music" Competition with her duo partner Kimberley Boettger-Soller. Since then they have been invited to give lied recitals at various venues in Germany and Italy, including their yearly Schubertiade recital at Teatro Vittoria, Turin.