Joseph Kelly is a Melbourne-born musician who has played the cello since he was seven. He had the privilege of learning with Brian Blake, a renowned teacher, and developed a love for the instrument that has only grown stronger over time.
Coming from a musical family, Joseph’s passion for the cello flourished as he pursued his studies. He completed his VCE at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, before pursuing a Bachelor of Music with Honours at Melbourne University, finishing his studies with a score of 98 in his final honours recital.
During his studies, he was grateful to receive the Lilo Nassau Cello Scholarship for three consecutive years, which helped him grow as a performer and gave him the opportunity to perform with various ensembles and orchestras. Joseph’s enthusiasm and dedication to orchestral playing while studying was recognized in his role as principal cello of the University’s Symphony Orchestra for several programs throughout his degree.
In 2020, Joseph was engaged as a soloist for four performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Auckland Youth Orchestra, a wonderful opportunity that allowed him to explore a new part of the world and showcase his talent as a solo cellist.
While pursuing his studies, Joseph found a passion for teaching, and took a break from full-time study in 2022 to teach primary school students at Melbourne Grammar’s Grimwade Campus. This experience allowed him to share his love of music with young students, and inspire them to pursue their own passions.
Joseph is an enthusiastic and dedicated musician who always strives to improve his craft. Joseph is always eager to share his love of music with others, and he believes music has the power to inspire and uplift people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether he is performing with an orchestra or teaching young students, Joseph is always focused on creating beautiful and meaningful music that speaks to the heart.
Joseph frequently performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and is excited to have commenced a new chapter of study at the Australian National Academy of Music with Howard Penny in 2023.
FROM: Melbourne VIC. Lands of the Wurrundjeri Woi- Wurrung and Bunurong Boon Wurrung people.
Photo by Pia Johnson