Born in Odessa (Ukraine), on February 20, 1955. Karmelia obtained her music education at Odessa P. S. Stoliarsky Special Music School (1962-1973) as a pianist (Prof. H.Buchyns’kyj, lecturer O.Pannikova) and as a composer (Prof. A.Kogan). Then she continued education at Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Conservatoire (now Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Musical Academy) (1973-1979) as a composer (Prof. O.Krasotov) and as a pianist (Prof. L.Ginzburg). Her studying continued at Moscow V.I.Lenin Pedagogical Institute (now Moscow Pedagogical University) under Prof. G.Tsypin and got PhD (Musical Pedagogy).
In 1980 she became a Professor of composition at Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Musical Academy and was the leader of annual workshop for contemporary music at the International master-class for pianists (Biel, Switzerland). She has participated in many international festivals and forums worldwide and is the author of more than 70 music works, including 3 operas.