Kelly Quesada is a cellist based in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Active as both an orchestral and chamber musician, Kelly can be seen playing a range of styles, from experimental and new music, to Baroque performance practice, to free improvisation. She is currently the other half of the duo Missing Piece with violinist Dan Galat, commissioning new works on the themes of collaboration, community, environment, and social justice. Previously, Kelly was principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a founding member of the Delgani String Quartet, and has toured as a member of the Portland Cello Project, a group of cellists who play rock, jazz and pop.
In addition to her extensive performance career, Kelly is also active as an educator, working with students spanning all ages and levels. Kelly co-directs orchestra for 3rd through 8th graders at Urban Prairie Waldorf School and teaches private lessons at South Side Suzuki Cooperative. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Alabama where she studied with Carlton McCreery and a Master’s from the University of Oregon where she studied with Steven Pologe.