Melanie Brown was born in Dublin, Ireland, where she studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She attained primary and postgraduate degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. She is studying for a PhD in composition at the National University of Ireland.
Her varied compositional output includes solo, chamber and choral works. Many of her choral pieces have been performed by the National Chamber Choir, with whom she was composer-in-residence from 1997 to 1999. She has also been involved in film-music projects, with the support of both the Goethe Institute and Screen Training Ireland. Current projects include a suite of miniatures for guitar and Dayenu, a large-scale choral work commemorating victims of the Holocaust.
Awards include the Sir Robert Stewart Memorial Prize for Composition, awarded by the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and a bursary from the Academy of Young Jewish Artists in the UK. In 1997 her opera, ‘Holocaust’, earned her a John Player Creativity Award. She is currently Head of Music at the Royal School, Cavan.