Kelly Lenahan is an American pianist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a second year postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, where she studies piano under John Byrne, and organ under Margaret Phillips as a Stanbridge Drake-Brockman Scholar and recipient of the Olive Rees Prize. Kelly received an undergraduate degree in music performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she studied under Dan Landes and Robert Marler.
As a collaborative pianist, Kelly served as a choral and vocal accompanist for Belmont and an instrumental accompanist for Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. Recent collaborative recognition includes regional first prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. During her time in Nashville, she worked as a session musician and touring musician, performing with singer-songwriters, folk bands, and rock bands. An enthusiastic ballet pianist, Kelly collaborates with West London School of Dance, Pineapple, and Danceworks, and has worked with contemporary dancers at Rambert School. She has been a soloist with the Nashville Symphony and Belmont Symphony, and has participated in masterclasses with Olga Kern, Maurice Hinson, Vadym Kholodenko, Sean Chen, and Marvin Blickenstaff. As an organist, Kelly has studied and performed music from Bach and Buxtehude to Bridge and Nico Muhly, performing solo recitals throughout London, as well as collaborating with percussionists and new music ensembles. She currently holds the organ scholar position at St. Mary Magdalene C of E in Richmond, London. Currently, Kelly is devoting her solo piano work to discovering, studying, and performing works by female composers. She has taken a particular interest in the music of Louise Farrenc and Lili Boulanger, and has recently given UK and European premiers of rare works by female composers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Additional honours were received from the National Federation of Music Clubs and the American College of Musicians’ Piano Guild, who named Kelly an International Member in 2012. Performance highlights include appearances at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Grand Ole Opry, Fishmongers’ Hall, and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Kelly’s recent engagements include collaborative work with the Royal Military School of Music, as well as tours with her rock bands, Jingo and Don't Feed the Animals. She has been recently named as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, having performed as a soloist this past summer with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in Snape Maltings, UK, under the direction of Marin Alsop.
Currently, Kelly resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she works as a ballet pianist and freelance orchestral keyboardist. She currently works with José Mateo Ballet Theatre, the dance program at Phillips Academy Andover, and Harvard University Dance Center. Kelly has been recently appointed Collaborative Pianist and Organist at Arlington Street Church.