Eleanor Kelly (Uppsala International Guitar Festival)
Eleanor Kelly (1995) is an originally self-taught classical guitarist based in Merseyside, UK. Upon starting her undergraduate studies in Music (BA) in Liverpool in 2013, Eleanor was awarded a Performance Scholarship. Completing modules in performance, composition, analysis and aesthetics, and researching and writing a thesis on flamenco guitar, Eleanor graduated with a First Class with Honours in July 2016. 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 Gallen, Hopkinson Smith, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Tilman Hoppstock, and more. 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. As well as performing as a soloist, Eleanor is one half of the D2e Duo alongside Yvonne Gründer. 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.