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. She is an International Guitar Foundation Young Artist Platform artist and, in 2021, made her London debut as part of the scheme and premièred works commissioned by IGF for her at Kings Place. 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.
An advocate of women in music, Eleanor specialises in lesser-known repertoire by both historical and contemporary women 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 premiered a new solo work for guitar for Illuminate Women's Music digital concert series as an Illuminate Digital Artist. As of 2021, Eleanor is part of the La Leona: Women and the Guitar; a ground-breaking project from IGF that celebrates women composers and guitarists. 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 women and contemporary composers.
Eleanor plays a Yulong Guo Chamber Concert classical guitar.