Stewart Kelly is one of Australia’s most eclectic pianists, performing regularly as soloist, duo partner, vocal accompanist and chamber musician. He is also a pedagogue, piano importer and broadcaster. In 2017 he joins the faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School as associate artist and curates his sixth season as artistic director of the Con Brio concert series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast. In addition, he maintains a career as a freelance pianist including as a sessional staff member at Monash University and the Melbourne Conservatorium at Melbourne University, where he is the regular staff pianist for the string school.
Stewart is Artistic Director of the new chamber music weekend “Music by the Springs”, debuting in February 2018 in the beautiful town of Hepburn Springs where 13 leading Australian musicians will come together to perform six concerts. Visit musicbythesprings.com.au for more information.
Stewart is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Australian National Academy of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction and a Master of Music Studies, obtained while studying under the principal guidance of Gillian Wills, Diane Selmon, Stephen Emmerson and Timothy Young. In 2014 he was a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Australia’s most prestigious music training institution.
Stewart regularly pairs with many of Australia’s finest musicians and has recently appeared as recital partner with artists such as William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Greta Bradman, Patrick Murphy, Timothy Young and Glenn Christensen. He was a finalist in both the 2011 and 2012 Great Romantics competitions at the Melbourne Recital Centre and won the 2012 Lady Callaway prize for piano accompaniment. Stewart’s playing has been broadcast on 4MBS, 3MBS and ABC Classic FM including live recitals. Stewart performs alongside colleagues Stephen Emmerson, Brieley Cutting and Angela Turner on the premiere recording of an arrangement of Mahler’s Second Symphony for two pianos, eight hands. The disc was released on the prestigious Melba label in 2014 and was rated 4.5/5 by the Weekend Australian and named one of 2014’s “hidden gems” by the Guardian in London.
Recent performances include recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their ‘Local Heroes’ series, a concert in the prestigious series at the Beluera Trust mansion, a return to the 4MBS festival, the Australian Piano Duo Festival, a tour for Virtuosi Tasmania and a series of the complete Beethoven violin Sonatas for the Con Brio Concert Series.
2017 includes a return to the Melbourne Recital Centre, 4MBS Festival, Beleura House Series, Coramba Chamber Music festival and performances in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Stewart curates and presents the program “Music for Keyboard” on the 3MBS network in Melbourne. The program airs at 7pm on Wednesdays and can be streamed online or listened to on-demand for a week following. He also co-presents the popular Melbourne in Concert program on Sunday evenings on 3MBS.