Born in Haifa, 1956. B.A. from the Tel-Aviv University, and Diplome in Early-Music (both Recorder and Baroque-Flute) from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Netherlands). Winner of the Francois Shapira Prize (1978) and the first Cylinder Prize of Omanut La'am (Israel's Arts' Network)(1982).
Frequent Soloist with all Israeli orchestras. Guest-Conductor with orchestras such as Israel Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony, Israel Camerata and the Israel Sinfonietta Be'er-Sheba. Soloist with Orchestras in Spain, Great Britain (Aberdeen Festival), Norway, Finland, Germany (including in Berlin Philharmonie), Holland, Austria and the U.S.A. (New York, Boston, Los Angeles and more), under the baton of Rudolph Barshai, Frans Bruggen, Iona Brown, Mendi Rodan, Avner Biron, Andrew Laurence King and Shalom Ronly-Riklis.
Played in chamber-music ensembles with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman (in the framework of the Israel Festival), Christoph Coin, Nigel Rogers, Maurice Bourg, Jerusalem Quartet, Aviv Quartet, Shlomo Gronich and numerous Israeli artists.
Prof. Melzer designed and directed special productions for all Israeli festivals as well as for Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Barcelona Festival (Spain) and Bnei-Brith Festival (London). Served as Music Director of the Neve-Zedek Theatre 1981-83. Artistic Director of the Voice of Music in the Upper Galilee Festival (Kfar Blum) 2000-2010 and of the Renaissance Festival in 2005. Gave Master classes in N.Y. University, Boston University, the Paris National Conservatory and numerous venues in Israel including the Tel-Aviv Academy and the Jerusalem Music Center.
Recorded more than 80 Discs including his own arrangements of Bach's Organ music (the Melzer Consort) and Yehezkiel Braun's Flute Concerto (for Schwann-Koch Label).
Three of his students won the Francois Shapira Prize. Many of his students are the winners of the Academy's competitions all through the years and played as soloists with orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic.
Michael Melzer is considered to be the father of artistic Recorder-playing in Israel as well as a most prominent artist of the Early-Music scene in Israel.
Served as the Deputy Head of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance 1997-2003 and as the Dean of Faculty of Performing Arts 2003-2006. Since 2006 Prof. Melzer is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs in the Jerusalem Academy.