Chad Kelly



Upcoming Victorian Opera production

Chad will conduct the Australian premiere performance of Il Mago di Oz in August at the Palais Theatre.

Chad emigrated to Australia at the end of 2021. Since arriving, he has received regular invitations to perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest conducting engagements with the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Victorian Opera. 

In 2022 he also joined the music staff of Opera Australia, having spent several seasons at the Bavarian State Opera (Munich) and at English National Opera (London). His conducting engagements in Europe include the Bavarian State Opera, Göttingen Händelfestpiele, Vienna’s Resonanzen Festival, The Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre, and the London Handel Festival. 

Chad enjoys a formidable reputation as a historical keyboard player and director, having performed at all the major Bach festivals in Germany, and working often with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Trevor Pinnock. He is a frequent collaborator with violinist Rachel Podger and enjoys regular guest directing engagements with groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music. 

Equally adept in the world of contemporary music, he has helped create new work by composers Thomas Adès, Hans Abrahamsen, and Mark-Anthony Turnage, as well as workshopping several new works for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Chad’s own arrangements and compositions have been recorded on the Sony and Linn labels. 

Chad studied at Cambridge University and at the Royal Academy of Music. He became Lector in Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his contribution to the music profession. He continues his nurturing of young musicians as a guest lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the University of Melbourne.