Melissa Gore was born in Kagoshima, Japan, to a British father and a 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.
Melissa has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician all over Europe and in Japan, including concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Menuhin Hall, Steinway Haus Berlin, Alte- Nationalgalerie Berlin and Stefaninsaal Graz. As a soloist, she has worked with orchestras including Kagoshima Symphony Orchestra Japan, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Krakow, and L'Orchestre national de Lorraine. Melissa has gained prizes in many international competitions including 2nd Prize at 16th Artur Schnabel Competition in Berlin and 3rd Prize at 24. Concours International de Piano d'Epinal in France. In summer 2010 she was awarded the Kirishima Music Festival Award at the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan. In 2017, her first solo record "Chopin" was released from Studio N.A.T in Japan.
As a lied accompanist, Melissa won the best pianist prize at the 2013 “Paula Salomon Lindberg Wettbewerb” in Berlin, and in 2015 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. In 2016 they have been invited to take part in the MozartLabor of the Mozart Festival Würzburg. Their Duo CD will be released from Studio N.A.T in 2018. www.melissagore-piano.com