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. In 2021, Eleanor graduated from the prestigious Máster en Interpretación de Guitarra Clásica course at Universidad de Alicante, Spain, where she studied with the world's foremost performers and teachers including: David Russell, Ignacio Rodes, Ricardo Gallén, Hopkinson Smith, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, Tilman Hoppstock, and Roberto Aussel. In the same year, she also gained a PGCert in Plucked Strings Teaching from the University of Chichester in association with ESTA, where her mentor was Helen Sanderson. Eleanor has also taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, Daniela Rossi, and Sean Shibe.
Eleanor Kelly has extensive experience as a performer and recent engagements include Kings Place, London (UK), Uppsala Internationella Gitarrfestival (Sweden), and Palacio del Portalet (Spain). In 2021 Eleanor was selected as an International Guitar Foundation young artist and made her London debut as part of the scheme and premièred works commissioned by IGF for her. In 2020, she was awarded a EuroStrings Scholarship.
An advocate of women in music, Eleanor specialises in lesser-known repertoire by both historical and contemporary women composers. She has premièred a number of new works by women: as an Illuminate Women's Music Artist, commissioned by IGF's La Leona scheme, and as part of the Musica Argentina Ensemble where she gave the UK première of Claudia Montero's Latin Grammy award-winning guitar concerto Luces y Sombras.
Eleanor plays a Yulong Guo Chamber Concert classical guitar.