Oboe

Kelly Jonathan

Marigaux Oboe

Kelly Jonathan

Jonathan Kelly is currently Principal Oboe in the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Jonathan Kelly was born in 1969 and was educated at Magdalen College School, Brackley, Northants, UK, where he began the oboe. He won a County Music Scholarship which enabled him to study with Helen Armstrong. While at school he played in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain  and later in the European Community Youth Orchestra where he was the first recipient of the Mick Baines Award. He took a degree in history at Cambridge and then studied under Celia Nicklin at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the President’s Prize. Further studies were undertaken in Paris with Maurice Bourge.

In 1991 he was appointed Principal Oboe in the City of Birmingham Syphony Orchestra, under Simon Rattle, where he remained until 2003 when he was appointed Solo (Principal) Oboe in the Berliner Philharmoniker, also under Rattle.