MELISSA DOECKE IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST EXCITING FLAUTISTS, PERFORMING WITH AUSTRALIAN ORCHESTRAS ALONGSIDE A BUSY CAREER OF CONCERTO PERFORMANCES, SOLO RECITALS AND CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERTS.
Melissa regularly performs with Australian symphony orchestras including as Guest Principal Flute with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. A section finalist in the 2010 Australian Young Performer Awards Melissa gave the Australian premiere of Christian Lindberg’s Flute Concerto as soloist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Melissa made her London debut in 2006 with a solo recital at the Purcell Room to critical acclaim. She has performed at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall, giving the UK premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Run Before Lightning for flute and piano in the presence of the composer and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Melissa has given recitals across the UK at London’s Southbank, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Millenium Centre in Cardiff, toured the UK and Abu Dhabi as a Live Music Now artist and recorded soundtracks for BBC television. Melissa has also given recitals in Italy, Prague, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and across Australia.
She performed as principal flute with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and was on the casual list for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera Orchestra.
Melissa has performed at music festivals worldwide including the Harrogate, Spitalfields and Peter-Maxwell Davies Festivals in the UK, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, Bahrain Music festival, Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Australian Flute Festival, MONA FOMA (Hobart) and the Alice Desert Festival (Alice Springs).
Melissa is passionate about performing new music and promoting Australian music and in 2009 she commissioned a new work from Australian composer Mark Isaacs and premiered this at the Australian Flute Festival with the composer at the piano. Melissa also recorded this work with Mark Isaacs for an ABC Classic FM Saturday Sessions broadcast which also included music by Brett Dean and some improvisations.
Melissa studied at the University of Queensland and the Australian National University before being awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Cox.
During her studies she won the RAM Flute Competition, Craxton Chamber Music Prize and the prestigious RAM Club Prize. Melissa has also been a major prizewinner in international music competitions including the Royal Overseas League (UK), Zinetti (Italy), Bromsgrove (UK) and the Anglo-Czech Trust Prize (UK).