NYOS Announce New Chief Executive Officer


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly as our new Chief Executive Officer. Kirsteen will take up her new role in January 2022 and we look forward to welcoming her to NYOS in the new year.

Kirsteen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the post, with a background encompassing performance, commissioning, leadership, academia, and community engagement work, most recently in her role as Creative Learning Director at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

Chair of the NYOS Board, Lindsay Pell: 

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly to NYOS and know that she will bring inspiring and creative leadership to the team for the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The past two years have seen NYOS innovate and adapt to ensure that promising young musicians from across Scotland continue to develop their talents during a challenging and unprecedented time. Kirsteen joins the organisation at an exciting moment as we look forward to running residential courses and presenting live concerts for the first time since 2019, joined by an exceptional line up of internationally renowned conductors and guest artists. 

NYOS Senior Management Team:

“NYOS is a very special and unique organisation, one which we have had the privilege to lead for the past six months. We are delighted to be handing over to Kirsteen who, we know, will continue to develop quality learning and performance opportunities for young musicians across Scotland.”

We look forward to working with Kirsteen to ensure NYOS remains a world-class platform for the very best young classical and jazz instrumentalists in Scotland, as well as reaffirming our commitment to community engagement and grassroots work to ensure that NYOS engages, supports, and develops promising musicians from all backgrounds.

Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly:

“I am delighted to be joining NYOS, an organisation with a fantastic history and reputation for nurturing Scotland’s young musicians. I look forward with great excitement to celebrating NYOS’ return to live music-making and to developing accessible, inclusive programmes for the young musicians of the future.”