Death of a New York conductor, aged 56

Death of a New York conductor, aged 56


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2015

We regret to share news of the death of the international saxophone virtuoso and composer, John-Edward Kelly.

A professor of contempoary music in leading European conservatoires, John-Edward shifted more to conducting in the past decade, founding the Arcos Chamber Orchestra of New York with the violinist Elissa Cassini.

He leaves a wife, four children and more than 200 published scores.

Watch video here and here.

john-edward kelly


  • Geoff says:

    Incredibly sad to hear. A fantastic musician. Rest in peace!