After earning three bachelors degrees and two masters degrees in music, Alex Kelly completed a doctorate in cello performance with a secondary area in composition from the University of Oregon. Alex has performed and composed for a variety of ensembles throughout the United States and Canada for the past fifteen years. He is known for his performances with Joan Jeanrenaud, the Dresher Ensemble, the CKW Trio, the Lizz Roman Dance Company, the Wichita Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, Hundredth Monkey, the Knotty Ensemble, the New Pickle Family Circus, Circo Zero, El Radio Fantastique, CKW Trio, the Cooke Quintet, and Pamela Z.
Alex’s versatility is demonstrated in a variety of styles, which range Renaissance to Romantic, from avant-garde to rock. Alex frequently performs with Baroque cello, and with electric cello (enhanced with loop pedals and laptops). He is a classical musician as well as improviser and a jazz and rock musician. Alex has premiered over one hundred solo and chamber works. His 300 page method book: “The Seven Points: A New Proportional Approach to Cello Technique” is slowly changing the world of cello pedagogy. Other interests include conducting, electronic music, and ethnomusicology.