Chad Kelly
Director | Pianist | Harpsichordist | Organist

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Chad enjoys a rich and diverse career as a keyboard specialist and director, spanning genres from historically-informed performance and chamber music, to opera and musical theatre.

Increasingly in demand in the world of opera and theatre, he is currently on the music staff at the Bayerische Staatsoper, having previously held posts at English National Opera and the Royal Academy of Music. He was a Musical Director for the Olivier Award-nominated West End production of Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies, as well as the Off West End award-winning production of The Blank Canvas, for King’s Head Opera. He has also been a musical director at The Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Theatre, The Duke of York’s Theatre, Leicester’s Curve, Göttingen Handel Festival, the London Handel Festival, Vienna’s Resonanzen Festival, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

Equally adept in the world of contemporary music, recent highlights include working on the world-premiere of Thomas Adés' opera The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburg Festival, and the world-premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen at the Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as workshopping a number of new operas commissioned by the Royal Opera House. Chad’s own arrangements and compositions have been commissioned by performers such as Alison Balsom and Rachel Podger, groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the Bavarian State Orchestra, and recorded by Sony.

Chad is fast building a reputation as a formidable continuo player and as a director in the world of historically-informed performance. He has toured as a duo partner with performers such as Rachel Podger and Alison Balsom and built close working relationships with conductors such as Trevor Pinnock, Ivor Bolton and John Eliot Gardiner. He acts as principal continuo player for the groups Solomon’s Knot and Opera Settecento and guest directs groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music.

Before leaving Chetham’s School of Music, Chad became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and a Fellow of the Royal College of organists. He went on to study music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar. He graduated with Double First Class Honours as well as achieving the highest mark ever in the University’s history in Practical Musicianship. From 2013-2017, Chad held the post of Lector in Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was academic supervisor to the undergraduate students. Chad continued post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was awarded the coveted DipRAM. In 2017 he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his significant contribution to the music profession.