A finalist at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in 2010, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir studied at the Reykjavik College of Music and the Icelandic Academy of Arts with Maria Cederborg, Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir and Bernard Wilkinson. She went on to complete a B. Mus degree from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, where she studied with Emily Beynon, principal flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. A year later she completed a M. Mus from the Amsterdam Conservatory with Harrie Starreveld.
Melkorka completed her second Masters degree from the Orchestral Training program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London 2007. A holder of the James Galway Award, she was coached by players of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In London she also took private lessons with Sharon Williams (principal piccolo, LSO) and Paul Edmund-Davies (Philharmonia Orchestra), serving as the assistant of the latter at his summer class, Flute Kitchen, at Harrogate, England in 2007.
During 2005-2008 Melkorka also attended lessons with Patrick Gallois in Paris, France, completing the Premier Prix and Prix de Exellence degrees, both at the top of the class. She has attended master-classes around the world, with teachers such as Patricia Morris, Peter Lloyd, William Bennett, Jeanne Baxtresser, Michel Debost, Robert Dick, Peter-Lucas Graf, Wissam Boustany, Jacques Zoon, Paul Edmund-Davies and Samuel Coles.
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