Born in New Jersey to a Korean mother and Italian father, Melissa Coppola is the first professional musician of her family. Classically trained in piano from the age of 5, she won her first competition at 10 years old with Chopin’s Minute Waltz and made her Carnegie Hall debut just two years later. She later began studying flute, placing at the top of high school regional and all-state ensembles.
After graduating from high school, Melissa moved to New York City where she attended Manhattan School of Music, studying piano performance with Jeffrey Cohen. After earning her Bachelor's Degree, she moved to Ann Arbor, MI to begin her career as a professional pianist and educator. She received her MM from the University of Michigan and is a 3rd-year DMA candidate in Performance & Pedagogy, studying under Logan Skelton.
As a multi-instrumentalist, her list of skills continues to grow. Though Melissa is first and foremost a pianist, she has always been a curious learner, teaching herself to sing and plays drums, accordion, organ, guitar, Celtic harp and ukulele. “One-man-bands" are also of particular interest; in past musical projects like Match by Match, Melissa has been known to play drums and keyboard at the same time, providing an entire rhythm section independently.
Melissa is a versatile musician, dabbling in multiple genres and fulfilling many different roles as both a performing and recording artist. She currently plays drums and sings lead in the rock duo JUNGLEFOWL with her husband, Stefan.
Her past band projects include The Witches, Match by Match, Smudge Candy and The Loveseats; she has also played and recorded with local projects Child Sleep and Willa Rae & The Minor Arcana.