Episode 7: flautist Kelsy de Prada

Flautist Kelsy de Prada. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Kelsy De Prada is an emerging flute and piccolo player based in Melbourne. Aiming to inspire the next generation of musicians and audiences, her performances are characterised by a focus on beautiful sound and lyrical melodies. Throughout Kelsy’s undergraduate at Monash University, she had the privilege to study with Peter Sheridan, Carolyn Berlin and to participate in masterclasses with Prudence Davis, Wissam Boustany, Robert Fabbriciani and Meg Stirling. As a soloist she has performed virtuosic works including the Vivaldi C Major Piccolo Concerto, Death of the Angel by Piazzolla and has played underneath conductors such as Tianyi Liu, Jessica Cottis, Alexander Bridger and Benjamin Northey. Notable experiences in ensembles include principal flute and piccolo roles in the Monash University Symphony Orchestra, performances in Melbourne Recital Centre’s MusicPlay Festival, a performance of Debussy’s ‘Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun’ in the role of principal flute and a very brief period with the Australian Army Band of Melbourne. Prior to the pandemic, Kelsy was also contracted with the Australian International Opera Company and arranging overseas performances.

Outside of performing, Kelsy teaches at three schools and enjoys spending her time running, swimming and attempting to make a respectable sound on the saxophone.

Kelsy will perform:

  • Henri Busser: Les Écureuils
  • Ross Edwards: Water Spirit Song
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata in D Major for Flute and Piano, Movement II: Scherzo’

Hear Kelsy perform on The Talent tonight! Tune in at 7pm on 103.5FM, 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, or stream the broadcast at 3mbs.org.au.


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