Alumnus becomes principal flautist of Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Fiona Kelly, who graduated from Trinity Laban in 2009, has been appointed principal flute of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under director Thomas Dausgaard.

Fiona starts the job full time in May and the first project will be recording the complete cycle of Schubert Symphonies.

Fiona said: "I'm really thrilled to be offered this position and look forward to performing full-time in a chamber orchestra. For a wind player this repertoire is particularly special so I feel extra lucky to have this chair.

"There are a lot of people who have supported me hugely along the way and I wouldn't have got this job without their teaching and guidance. My Trinity Laban flute teacher, Anna Noakes, is still my right-hand woman when I need advice and I've often gone to her since graduating to check I'm on the right path."

After Trinity Laban, Fiona went on to postgraduate study at Juilliard. She won first prize in The Juilliard School Flute Competition and made her Lincoln Center debut performing Bernstein's 'Halil' with The Juilliard Orchestra at The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. During her time in New York Fiona was a regular deputy in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York Times hailed her as a player with "…impressive technique and elegant musicianship."

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