B i o g r a p h y
Eleanor Kelly (1995) is a classical guitarist based in Merseyside, UK.
Originally self-taught, after beginning formal studies in Liverpool, Eleanor was awarded a performance scholarship and began studies with Zoltán Katona of the renowned Katona Twins guitar duo. Chosen as one of twelve guitarists from around the world, Eleanor is currently a student of the prestigious Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica course at Universidad de Alicante, Spain. Her teachers include: David Russell, Ignacio Rodes, Ricardo Gallén, Hopkinson Smith, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Tilman Hoppstock, and Roberto Aussel.
Eleanor Kelly has extensive experience as a performer. In 2020, she was awarded a EuroStrings Scholarship to attend the Uppsala Internationella Gitarrfestival in Sweden, where she gave a solo recital at Uppsala Konsert and Kongress. She is an International Guitar Foundation Young Artist Platform artist and will make her London debut as part of the scheme and première works commissioned by IGF for her at Kings Place, London, in 2021.
An advocate of women in music, Eleanor specialises in lesser-known repertoire by both historical and contemporary female composers. In 2019, Eleanor gave the UK premiere of Claudia Montero's Latin Grammy award-winning Luces y Sombras with the Woodside String Quartet at the Angel Field Festival and performed the work again at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Eleanor also recently premiered a new solo work for guitar for Illuminate Women's Music digital concert series as an Illuminate Digital Artist. As well as performing as a soloist, Eleanor is one half of the D2e Duo alongside Russian seven-string guitarist Yvonne Gründer; the duo specialise in works by female and contemporary composers.
Eleanor plays a Yulong Guo Chamber Concert classical guitar.