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Jim Kelly

Principal Viola and Personnel Manager

Violist Jim Kelly enjoys an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. Jim has recently served as Principal Viola for the Northeast US Tour of “Il Volo.” In the metro Washington, DC area, Jim currently serves as Principal Viola and Personnel Manager of The American Pops Orchestra, in addition to section viola at Concert Artists Of Baltimore, National Gallery Orchestra, and Alexandria Symphony. He has performed at Wolf Trap Center for The Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, National Philharmonic at Strathmore, Annapolis Symphony, and Maryland Symphony. Jim is also known throughout the world as a Fine Instrument Consultant and is currently Business Partner/Co-Owner at The Potter Violin Company in Bethesda, MD, Jim has a Double degree in Violin and Viola Performance from The Hartt School under Mitchell Stern (violin), Kathy Murdock (viola), and Emerson String Quartet (Chamber Music Studies). He has done Additional Studies in Viola Performance with Tsuna Sakamoto of The National Symphony Orchestra. Jim also received an Artist’s Diploma in Viola and Diploma in Linguistics and Arts from Accademia Chigiana and the University of Siena in Siena Italy.