Pianist Kelly Horsted, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, enjoys an active career in NYC as an accompanist, music director and vocal coach specializing in new opera, art song, and role preparation.
An enthusiast of new music, Kelly completes a third season as a co-music director for the Composers and the Voice series at American Opera Projects in Fall 2012. His collaboration with American Opera Projects has also included performances of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness and music direction for several readings of Paula Kimper's opera, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. He assisted preparing the cast of Patience and Sarah for the chamber opera's premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival and was a part of the first semi-staged workshop of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, an opera-in-development by Hershel Garfein directed by Mark Morris. Kelly was music director for readings of Mark of Cain with Center for Contemporary Opera's Atelier Series. A frequent collaborator with Chelsea Opera, Kelly was part of the artistic team performing Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo, returning to the piece in Spring 2011 as part of the preparation staff for Urban Arias. His other Chelsea Opera projects have included The Medium and On Rosenstrasse. Kelly was pleased to perform on the 20th Anniversary concert for Friends and Enemies of New Music featuring Baritone Chris Pedro Trakas and works by Adams, Bolcom and Yarmolinsky. Other contemporary music performances include Vector 5, Cutting Edge Music, Downtown Music Productions, Five Words in a Line and the Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process series.
Dedicated to the development of singers and musicians, Kelly has been a frequent collaborator at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Program. Kelly returned to Ann Baltz's Operaworks in California in Summer 2012, completing six summers as a faculty member. As a visiting lecturer, Kelly music directed Hunter College's flagship mixed bill, The Sisters of Nikolas Flagello and M. Choufleuri of Offenbach. As a coach at the Mannes College of Music, he served as music director for performances of Ned Rorem's Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters. Kelly served as staff accompanist at the International Workshops in Graz, Austria, and at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine.
An active performer, Kelly participated in the Wintergreen Festival headed by Larry Allen Smith, where his performances included Respighi's adaptation of Monteverdi's Orfeo as well as two Liederabends. Kelly was Assistant Conductor for Donizetti's L'Elisir D'Amore at New Jersey Opera Theatre and pianist for Menotti's The Medium and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci with Opera Company of Brooklyn. He spent two years as faculty member at Intermezzo Opera as Assistant Conductor for L'Enfant et les Sortileges, in West Palm Beach, Florida, and as head coach for performances of Mark Adamo's opera, Little Women under the baton of Steven Osgood in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Horsted was music director for performances of Cosi fan Tutte at Merkin Concert Hall with director Janet Bookspan, and for Harrisburg, PA's Opera in the Park. He performed at Wall to Wall Bernstein at Symphony Space. Kelly was music director of the New York based opera company The CoOperative for six years. Kelly performed community outreach programs regularly as part of Trinity Church's Concerts to Go, Concerts in Motion, and as music director of La Piccola Opera with Arts Horizons.
Mr. Horsted is a gifted and versatile pianist whose other performances include appearances at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as well as Fountainbleau, France and NBC's Weekend Today Show. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Eastman School of Music, where he was a fellowship recipient and 1st place winner in the Kneisel Lieder Competition.
"Kelly Horsted's sensitive piano-playing exemplified the intimate and searching tone of the production." OPERA NEWS