Festival Artists

Drawing upon major international and Australian ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lyrebird Trio and each of the major Australian symphony orchestras, our Festival Artists are among Australia's leading musicians.

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. He is on staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and is a faculty member of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

As Artistic Director and producer, Stewart is responsible for Music By The Springs, a boutique chamber music festival held in beautiful Hepburn Springs each February and in 2018 directs his seventh season of the Con Brio Concert Series at the Arts Centre Gold Coast.

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 with recent recital partners including William Hennessy, Wilma Smith, Stefanie Farrands, Phoebe Russell, Sara Macliver, Charlotte Betts-Dean, Greta Bradman, Patrick Murphy, Stephen Emmerson, Paul Dean, Trish O’Brien and Timothy Young. He has particularly close regular collaborations with violinist Glenn Christensen and  pianist  Laurence Matheson.

Stewart’s playing has been broadcast on 4MBS, 3MBS and ABC Classic FM including live recitals. He has recorded for the ABC with violist Stefanie Farrands and for Melba records with colleagues Stephen Emmerson, Angela Turner and Brieley Cutting in a disc that was critically acclaimed across the world.

Recent performances include 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.

2018 sees the debut of Music By The Springs, a reigniting of ten year old collaboration with mezzo Anna Smith, a return to the 4MBS Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium Sunday series, Beleura House, the new Mackay Chamber Music Festival and recitals with artists such as Greta Bradman and Meta Weiss.

Stewart presents the popular Melbourne in Concert program on 3MBS which airs at 6pm on Sunday evenings on FM radio, digital radio and streams online.