Born in 1974 in Lancashire, England and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Adrian Kelly began playing trumpet at the age of six. His natural ability and dedication to the instrument saw him progress rapidly, and he became one of the most sought after studio and touring musicians in the region. Over the past two decades, Adrian has built an international career as a cross-over musician, performing pop, classical, and jazz music.
Adrian’s first performances in China were with pop superstar, Jacky Cheung, in 2007. A deep affection for the region saw Adrian move to Hong Kong in 2010 and since then he has performed and/or recorded with many of the top artists in the region, including Jacky Cheung, Eason Chan, Joey Yung, George Lam, Mimi Lo, and Hins Cheung. Adrian has appeared as a guest soloist on QingHai TV’s “Flowers” music program, and performed for live broadcasts on Hong Kong’s TVB, and RTHK. He also performed live in front of former Chinese head of state, Hu JinTao.
Adrian’s jazz group, The Adrian Kelly Quartet, has performed throughout Asia including performances in Beijing, Shenzhen, GuangZhou, ChongQing, Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and Perth (Australia). In 2013 the group were featured at the first ChongQing International Jazz Festival.
In the course of his career, Adrian has appeared alongside many western jazz and pop artists including Hugh Jackman, Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, Tim Minchin, Olivia Newton-John, Ben Folds, Dave Weckl, Bobby Shew, Frank Foster, and The Manhattan Transfer. Adrian has played on over 30 musical theatre productions, and performed classical music with The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, and The WA Philharmonic. He currently holds the position of principal trumpet with The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Adrian has taught classes in jazz and trumpet at Edith Cowan University (Australia), Lasalle College (Singapore), Hong Kong Institute of Education (China), ShangHai Conservatory of Music (China), XingHai University (China), Harbin Teacher Training College (China).
Adrian’s compositional credits include arranging music for classical ensembles The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, writing for Asian pop artists Jacky Cheung and Joseph Koo, scoring music for Qinghai TV (China), and composing for numerous jazz groups and show bands in Australia and Hong Kong. Adrian co-wrote the score for the Sydney Theatre Company/Theatre of Image, Helpmann Award winning production, Stella and the Moonman, and his jazz compositions were featured on The Artists of the New York Trumpet Company album, Intercontinental Drift. In 2007 he won the WA Music Industry Song of the Year Award for his composition Curious Yellow.
2012 saw the release of Adrian’s latest CD, Chinese Whispers 細語, featuring music from and inspired by China. From December 2012, this album was chosen to be featured on selected Cathay Pacific flights as part of their onboard music offerings.
Adrian is an endorsing artist for the Conn-Selmer company, and performs on Vincent Bach instruments. Adrian performs on mouthpieces by Stork Custom.
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