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PROM 43: August 23

Irish flautist Fiona Kelly has been hailed by the New York Times as a player with “impressive technique and elegant musicianship”.

Based in London, Fiona is a highly sought after orchestral player and chamber musician. The youngest of a family of classical musicians, she began her studies at the Cork School of Music with her mother Evelyn Grant and Sabine Ducrot before completing her Bachelor of Music studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, with Anna Noakes. While in London she won numerous awards including 1st Prize in the British Flute Society International Competition, the Royal Overseas League Sussex Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship.

On completing her studies in London she was awarded a scholarship on the Master’s degree course at The Juilliard School, New York, studying with principal flute of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Langevin. While there, she won first prize in The Juilliard School Flute Competition and made her Lincoln Center debut performing Bernstein’s ‘Halil’ with The Juilliard Orchestra and performed as a guest flautist and toured with the New York Philharmonic.

Following her Master’s Fiona spent four wonderful years as principal flute of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from 2012 – 2016, which included highlights such as performing Nielsen Flute Concerto under Andrew Manze and Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 under Thierry Fischer.

Since relocating to London, she has been invited to perform as guest principal flute with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Fiona enjoys regularly returning to Ireland as guest principal of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.