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 an ESTA PGCert in Plucked Strings Teaching from the University of Chichester.
Eleanor is currently completing her MMus in Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama studying with Helen Sanderson, John Mills, and Zoran Dukic. She has also taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, Daniela Rossi, and Sean Shibe.
Eleanor Kelly has extensive experience as a performer and recent engagements include Palacio del Portalet (Spain), Kings Place, London (UK), and Finding A Voice festival, where she was Artist-in-Residence (Ireland). 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 performed at Uppsala Internationella Gitarrfestival (Sweden) after being awarded a EuroStrings Scholarship.
A passionate advocate for women in music, Eleanor specialises in lesser-known repertoire by both historical and contemporary women composers. She gave the Irish première of Claudia Montero's Latin Grammy award-winning guitar concerto Luces y Sombras with ConTempo String Quartet in 2023, and the British première with Musica Argentina Ensemble in 2019. Eleanor has also premièred a number of new solo works by women: as an Illuminate Women's Music Artist (Nina Danon's (F)rammenti), and upon commission by IGF's La Leona scheme (Florence Anna Maunders' Finding The Way).
Eleanor plays a 2023 Steve Toon cedar guitar.