Melissa Parmenter


Ostuni from Messapica - Directed by Michael Winterbottom


Melissa Parmenter is an accomplished composer and pianist and a BAFTA nominated film producer. A music graduate from Durham University, she has written original scores to films such as Michael Winterbottom’s film Genova, starring Colin Firth and Catherine Keener, The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, and Simon Aboud’s Comes A Bright Day, starring Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots and Timothy Spall, alongside fellow film composer Joel Cadbury. 

Parmenter has also composed and performed bespoke solo piano works for several feature films, including Topspot, directed by visual artist Tracey Emin, Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie, and 9 Songs with Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley. Most recently, her track “Platform" was featured in Friends: The Reunion.

In 2017 Parmenter released her debut EP Scandinavia, a suite of five original compositions with works scored for either solo piano or piano and cello, featuring cellist Harry Escott. Scandinavia showcased Parmenter’s life-long love of the piano and her complete mastery of the craft of composition. 

She followed the release in 2020 with Messapica, a collection of classical piano and elegant cello, continuing her collaboration with Escott. With the songs named after towns in the Puglia region of Southern Italy where Parmenter now spends as much time as she can, tracks like “Locorotondo” and “Martina Franca” are decadent bursts of escapism that place you in the towns’ atmospheric streets. 

The following year she released her Sola EP. A return to solo piano, it reflected on the feelings of playing alone. A personal exploration of solitude, of the pure sound of the piano, the songs encapsulated Parmenter’s love for her favourite instrument.

Alongside her music, Parmenter has produced many of British Director Michael Winterbottom’s films and TV series’ including The Face of An Angel starring Kate Beckinsale, Greed, starring Steve Coogan and Isla Fisher, all four series of The Trip, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and most recently the Fremantle/SKY Atlantic TV drama This England, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Parmenter has over 2m global streams, and has received support from the likes of Classic FM, Scala Radio, BBC London, Apple Music & Spotify, Soho Radio and The Line of Best Fit.


  • Melissa Parmenter Releases New Album 'Messapica'

    Melissa Parmenter Releases New Album 'Messapica'

    30th October 2020

    Melissa Parmenter's beautiful new album Messapica is out now. Named after the Puglia region in Italy where Melissa has a house; the album is a tribute to the country she knows and loves so well, with each track named after a town nearby...

  • Melissa Parmenter's Genova Score Released

    Melissa Parmenter's Genova Score Released

    5th June 2018

    Melissa Parmenter's score for 2009 feature film Genova has been released as an album via Globe Soundtrack And Score, a division of Universal Music. The music accompanied Michael Winterbottom's intense family drama, which starred Colin...

  • Music Week Sync Awards 2017 Nominations

    Music Week Sync Awards 2017 Nominations

    20th September 2017

    The Music Week Sync Awards 2017 nominations have now been announced in full, including a number of shortlisted placements for Music Sales: Best Sync – TV Show (Sport) Anderlecht vs. Man Utd VT, BT Sport – ‘By The Sea’ Melissa...

  • Melissa Parmenter To Release New EP

    Melissa Parmenter To Release New EP

    17th March 2017

    Producer, pianist and composer Melissa Parmenter will be releasing her debut EP, Scandinavia, on the 24thMarch via Decca Records. This original suite of five compositions features works for both solo piano and piano with cello and features...