Brett Kelly has been the Principal Trombone of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1981. Brett played in Newcastle Brass Band and was Principal Trombonist in the Australian Youth Orchestra before joining the orchestra of Opera Australia and later taking up his position at the MSO.
Committed to new Australian music, Brett has been a core member of three influential Australian contemporary music ensembles – Flederman, The Seymour Group and Elision and has played or conducted the premieres of over 300 new works. From 1989 to 2004 Brett was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The Academy of Melbourne, a chamber orchestra comprising his colleagues in the MSO. He has also conducted the Melbourne, Tasmanian, Adelaide, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, along with Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and Southern Sinfonia.
Since 2003 he has been Resident Conductor of Chamber Made Opera. Brett has conducted the orchestral scores of more than 20 major films, seven of which have been by David Hirschfelder.