Brian Kellow was born in Tillamook, Oregon in 1959. He studied piano for ten years but bypassed music for a writing career. He moved to New York City in 1982 and, after a five-year stint in the performing arts department of the 92nd Street Y, joined the editorial staff of Opera News.
Currently he is the magazine's features editor, and his popular column, "On the Beat," appears in each month's issue. For Opera News, he has written profiles of many of the leading figures in the opera world, including James Conlon, Regine Crespin, David Daniels, Natalie Dessay, Eileen Farrell, Leyla Gencer, Rod Gilfry, Marcello Giordani, Genyce Graves, Simon Keenlyside, Steven Mercurio, Tobias Picker, Joan Sutherland, Bryn Terfel, Dawn Upshaw, Deborah Voigt, Frederica von Stade and Dolora Zajick.
Kellow has contributed articles to other publications, including Opera, Travel & Leisure, Newsday, BBC Music Magazine, and Irish America.
He is the author of three books: Can't Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell (1999), The Bennetts: An Acting Family (2004), and Ethel Merman: A Life (2007).
Television appearances include E! Entertainment Network's "Hollywood Goes to the Opera," Ireland's RTE, and three segments of Bravo's series Arts and Minds.
Brian Kellow lives in New York City with his partner, director and writer Scott Barnes.