Brett Kelly has regularly conducted the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian, Queensland and West Australian symphony orchestras, The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Dunedin’s Southern Sinfonia.
He has conducted for Victorian Opera and been resident conductor of Chamber Made Opera.
He has been the featured on recordings for NAXOS, Tall Poppies and ABC Classics with his recording of the Rodrigo Guitar Concertos featuring Slava and Leonard Grigoryan nominated for an Aria Award. His conducting of The Hive by Nicolas Vines for Chamber Made Opera was nominated for a Green Room Award as Best Conductor of Opera.
He has conducted the scores feature films including Beneath Hill 60, Baz Luhrmann’s epic, Australia and Happy Feet II.
In 1989 he founded The Academy of Melbourne which, over some fifteen years, became regarded as one of Australia’s most outstanding chamber ensembles.
Brett is an experienced radio broadcaster, was Principal Trombonist with the Melbourne Symphony until 2019 and holds the position of Music Director of Melbourne Youth Orchestras.