B i o g r a p h y
Eleanor Kelly (1995) is an originally self-taught classical guitarist based in Merseyside, UK.
Chosen as one of twelve guitarists from around the world, Eleanor is currently a student of the prestigious Máster en Interpretación Guitarra Clásica course in Alicante, Spain. Her teachers include: David Russell, Ignacio Rodes, Ricardo Gallén, Hopkinson Smith, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, and Tilman Hoppstock.
In 2020, Eleanor was awarded a EuroStrings scholarship and also successfully auditioned for the International Guitar Foundation's Young Artist Platform and will make her debut on the scheme in 2021.
Eleanor has performed at a number of venues in Europe including Uppsala Konsert & Kongress in Sweden and the eighteenth century Palacio del Portalet in Spain. 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 well as performing as a soloist, Eleanor is one half of the D2e Duo alongside Yvonne Gründer and the classical guitar duo specialise in works by female and contemporary composers.
From 2015-2019, Eleanor was the Musical Director of the Liverpool Guitar Society and directed the Liverpool Guitar Society ensemble. The LGS is a charity based in Liverpool that aims to promote classical guitar and is a meeting point for classical guitar players.
Eleanor plays a Yulong Guo Chamber Concert classical guitar.