Dominic Cheli, piano

Dominic Cheli’s playing has been described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” (Symphony Magazine). He enjoys a rapidly advancing career, including his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev, his Carnegie Hall recital debut, as well as upcoming CDs on the Naxos label. In July 2017 Mr. Cheli’s first CD, featuring the music of Muzio Clementi and released by Naxos, was hailed as “definitive performances that match splendid playing with an appreciation of Clementi’s diverse, classically based style.” Also in 2017, Dominic was named 1st prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.

Winner of the 2017 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, Mr. Cheli performed Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano Concerto with conductor, composer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Matthew Aucoin. Described as a “barnstorming Goliath” Mr. Cheli’s performance of Prokofiev’s 2nd Concerto “roared like a locomotive, shot firebrands of energy this way and that, while the piano strained to keep in one piece under the thrall of Cheli’s glorious technique.” (Santa Barbara Voice Magazine).

A native of St. Louis, Mr. Cheli has performed with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, as well as orchestras all across the country and abroad; these include the DuPage Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany) and the Great Falls Symphony. He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Markus Huber, Rossen Milanov, Arthur Fagen, Matthew Aucoin and many others. Mr. Cheli recently debuted at several major festivals across the United States, including the Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival and the Virginia Arts Festival. Upcoming engagements include appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, performances with the San Diego Symphony and recitals at the Samos Artists Festival in Greece.

Committed to engaging with his surrounding community, Mr. Cheli regularly performs at high schools and retirement homes, and he gives both masterclasses and lectures for his younger audiences. Upon invitation, he has performed with Paul Coletti at ViolaFest in Los Angeles for younger students, and “Baby Got Bach” with Pianist Orli Shaham at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Mr. Cheli has also performed as an artist for Project: Music Heals Us, a non-profit organization that presents interactive classical music performances to diverse audiences in order to provide encouragement, education and healing with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated and homeless populations.

In 2018 Dominic Cheli was invited by his mentor, Andre-Michel Schub, to perform at the Virginia Arts Festival, both as a soloist and collaborator, in concerts centered on the music of Mozart. They collaborated in Mozart’s Double and Triple Piano Concertos with the Virginia Symphony, as well as in recital where “Cheli delivered one brilliant performance…it was a dazzling moment by a pianist whose name is destined for Schub-ian heights.” (Virginia Gazette) Mr. Cheli received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Master’s Degree from Yale University and most recently, an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School. Andre-Michel Schub, Peter Frankl, Fabio Bidini, Zena Ilyashov and Sylvia Rosenberg are individuals who have been especially influential on his development as an artist.