Adrian Kelly

Freelance Trumpeter in Australia and Hong Kong

Adrian plays a Bach 43 Custom Bb Trumpet

Born in 1974 in Lancashire, England and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Adrian began playing trumpet at the age of six. His natural ability and dedication to the instrument saw him progress rapidly, and he became one of the most sought after studio and touring musicians in the region.

He now tours extensively and has performed as a soloist at venues across Asia.

Over the past two decades, Adrian has recorded and performed with some of the best in music; including Jacky Cheung, Joey Yung, and Twins in Hong Kong and China, and Ray Charles, Shirley Bassey, and Patrizio Buanne in the West. In 2011/12 he performed as a member of Jacky Cheung’s 1/2 Century World Tour, featuring in 146 concerts, in 77 cities across 11 countries to a total audience of over 3 million.

In his earlier career, Adrian shared the stage with many jazz luminaries including Dave Weckl, The Manhattan Transfer, and Frank Foster. He boasts numerous recording credits and has performed in over thirty touring musical theatre productions.

He also has an impressive career to date as a composer, and has written music for the Sydney Theatre Company, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and Jacky Cheung, among others.

His music was featured on The Artists of the New York Trumpet Company album,Intercontinental Drift and in 2007 he won the WA Music Industry Song of the Year Award for his composition ‘Curious Yellow’. 2012 sees the release of Adrian’s latest CD, Chinese Whispers 細語, featuring music from and inspired by China.