Stewart Kelly

Stewart Kelly Stewart Kelly is one of Australia’s most eclectic pianists, performing regularly as soloist, duo partner, vocal accompanist and chamber musician. In 2016 he curates his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Mason and Hamlin Concert series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast and maintains a busy freelance career, including as a sessional staff member at Monash University and the Melbourne Conservatorium at Melbourne University, where he is the regular staff pianist for the cello school.

Stewart is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian National Academy of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young. In 2014 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Australia’s most prestigious music training institution.

Stewart regularly pairs with many of Australia’s finest musicians and has recently appeared as recital partner with artists such as William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Greta Bradman, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Young and Glenn Christensen and his playing has been broadcast on 4MBS, 3MBS and ABC Classic FM including live recitals. Stewart performs alongside colleagues Stephen Emmerson, Brieley Cutting and Angela Turner on the premiere recording of an arrangement of Mahler’s Second Symphony for two pianos, eight hands. The disc was released on the prestigious Melba label in 2014 and was rated 4.5/5 by the Weekend Australian and named one of 2014’s “hidden gems” by the Guardian in London.
2016 includes two performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their ‘Local Heroes’ series, recitals in the prestigious series at the Beluera Trust mansion, a return to the 4MBS festival, the Australian Piano Duo Festival, the Coramba chamber music festival, a tour of Tasmania for Virtuosi Tasmania, the Childers festival with an OperaQ ensemble and an intense three day cycle of the complete Beethoven violin Sonatas for the Mason & Hamlin series with Glenn Christensen.

With a particular focus on chamber music, Stewart has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s finest musicians including violinist Pekka Kussisto, cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianists Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Hill and Pascal Rogè. In recent years he has appeared at the Brunswick Beethoven Festival, 4MBS Festival of Classics, the TSO’s Beethoven Max festival, MONA Synaesthesia in Hobart, the Melbourne Savage Club and more than sixty recital programs at the Australian National Academy of Music.


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