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About Kieran

Kieran Welch (b. 1992) is an Australian curator, production manager, violist, DJ, writer and educator. Combining diverse industry knowledge, thorough classical performance training, and a deep commitment to social equity, he creates unique artistic experiences that transcend barriers dividing genres, artforms, and communities.

​As a violist, Kieran's performances have been described as “skilful [and] beautifully vulnerable” (CutCommon), “[combining] technique and repertoire with mastery” (Raquel Bastos) to demonstrate “an artistic conviction that was a joy to witness” (CutCommon). Regularly in demand across Australia and the world, he has premiered pieces written for him by the likes of Connor D’Netto, Leilehua (Anne) Lanzilotti and Tilman Robinson; appeared as a featured soloist in concerts for Argo, Backstage Music and Restrung Festival; performed with groups such as Ensemble Offspring, the Bang on a Can All Stars and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble; and toured China with the Sydney Dance Company. Regularly collaborating with musicians across all genres, Kieran has worked with the likes of Ed Kuepper (The Saints), Eskimo Joe, George, The Kite String Tangle, Kate Miller-Heidke, LÂLKA, Michael Bolton and Parkway Drive. As the core violist of indie chamber septet Nonsemble, he has toured across Australia and features on the band's three full-length albums and two EPs.

​Kieran is the founder and co-director of the post-genre concert series Dots+Loops. Inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show, the series takes exciting, adventurous and thought-provoking music and art of all kinds, and places it in relaxed, accessible spaces. Since 2014, the series has presented over thirty critically acclaimed concert experiences, with highlights ranging from a sold-out 2016 production with the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, to the recent Nonstop Festival, a six-hour celebration of Brisbane and Australia's most exciting artists and musicians, spread across two stages. The series has provided unique performance experiences and opportunities for numerous emerging Australian artists, facilitated and debuted over a dozen new works from local composers, presented the Australian solo debuts of five acclaimed international artists thus far, and fostered a wide-ranging community of diverse yet like-minded art and music creators and lovers.

His ongoing commitment to culture and community has already been recognised at a national level, as the recipient of the 2022 APRA AMCOS Queensland Luminary Award for "sustained contribution to the creative music culture of Brisbane as a performer and artistic director".

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"[Kieran's] work crosses boundaries and bridges communities; he is a visionary trailblazer in providing adventurous and compelling professional music experiences in unique, accessible spaces."

Kieran is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland School of Music, where he completed an MPhil in Music Performance in 2017, studying with Patricia Pollett, Lisa Grosman and Robert Davidson. A performance fellow at Bang on a Can's internationally regarded Summer Festival in both 2016 and 2018, other fellowships include being selected for Ensemble Offspring's Hatched Academy in 2017, and the Hong Kong Modern Academy in 2015.


Passionate about many different styles of music, Kieran is an award-winning DJ, and regularly presents a unique blend of electronica, techno and house at festivals and clubs across Australia, operating under the moniker Airport.


From 2022–2023 he held the position of Production Manager with Orchestra Victoria, and from 2019–2020 was the General Manager of the Tyalgum Music Festival. A passionate educator, he has over a decade of experience teaching at institutions including The University of Queensland, St. Laurence's College and The Springfield Anglican College. He also regularly writes for publications including Limelight Arts and CutCommon.


When not involved in the above artistic pursuits, you'll likely find him spending quality time with his six-year-old rescue dog Lily, and investigating how many flat whites he can drink in one day.

Biography last updated January 2024


Kieran is a CodaBow Artist
and performs with a Marquise GS viola bow


Kieran is a D'Addario Orchestral Artist
​and plays on Kaplan Amo Strings

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