Caroline Kelly Biography

Caroline Kelly is a violinist and violin teacher based in Sydney. She enjoys a varied career including chamber music, orchestral playing and teaching.

She has played as an extra in a number of professional orchestras including the Ulster Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Anglo-Indian Music Productions, Southbank Sinfonia, and Birmingham Opera Company. Caroline was also a member of the Shallid String Trio, Southdene String Quartet, and a regular deputy with the Dublin String Quartet and the Alpha Quartet.

Since coming to Sydney in September 2013 she has played a number of solo recitals, as well as playing regularly with The Metropolitan Orchestra (including the inaugural Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts in Nov 2014). She is a violin teacher at The King’s School, Parramatta, and also teaches privately at her home in Haberfield.

Caroline’s passion for playing the violin started at the age of 7. Throughout her primary and secondary education she won local awards and led local youth orchestras. She enjoyed playing in the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Ireland, and when she left school she had no difficulty choosing music as her path of further study.

She graduated with BMus (Hons.) from The Royal Northern College of Music, and then continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London (PGDip). She studied performance violin with Yossi Zivoni.

After graduating she spent a year playing in Southbank Sinfonia in London, an orchestral training programme involving orchestra concerts, youth outreach projects and chamber music. Since moving to Sydney she has studied privately with Janet Davies.