Born in Syracuse NY, Meltem Ege received her first degree in classical piano from Bilkent University. After her graduation she entered the Nardis Jazz Voice Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, where she won first place, and was chosen to represent her country in the 2007 Lady Summertime Jazz Competition in Finland. She won first place in the Lady Summertime Competition against 17 other countries with a unanimous vote from all of the judges and was invited to compete in the 2008 Jazz Voices Competition in Lithuania, where she also won first place.
In 2007, she was accepted to the Berklee College of Music on a merit-based scholarship and completed the four-year program in a mere three years. In 2009 she won second place in the Songs for Social Change Songwriting Competition, and in 2010, she was awarded the Voice Department Achievement Award by the Faculty, Chair and Dean based on her “outstanding achievement in her major and her contributions to the department.” She graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2010 with a degree in Vocal Performance as a summa cum laude student with a 3.9 GPA.
In 2010 she moved to Turkey where she completed her Master’s Degree in Performance at Başkent University with a 4.0 GPA. She performed in several national and international festivals.
Her first duo album was released in June 2012 under the title Songbook along side Önder Focan, an established international jazz musician. She taught jazz vocal classes at the Başkent University Conservatory in Ankara from 2010 to 2014 and was appointed chair of the Contemporary Singing Department after her graduation.
She recently moved to Los Angeles after being accepted to the California Institute of the Arts Composer-Performer DMA program.