Applauded by MusicWeb International for his “splendid playing… great skill and technical prowess,” pianist Dominic Cheli was the First Prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists
Guild Competition. July 2017 saw both the release of his debut CD on the Naxos label and his critically acclaimed performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra as the winner of the Music Academy’s Concerto Competition. Highlights of the 2017/18 season included a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Northwestern German Philharmonic, a concerto appearance at the Virginia Arts Festival, as well as debut recitals at the Mostly Mozart and Ravinia Festivals. Cheli’s rapidly advancing career ushers in the 2018/19 season with his concerto debut in Walt Disney Concert Hall performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Valery Gergiev and the Colburn Orchestra, followed by his Carnegie Hall recital debut in March 2019 on the 2018/19 Concert Artists Guild Series at Weill Recital Hall.
Upcoming performances include appearances with the DuPage Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Great Falls Symphony Orchestra, and recitals on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, and other venues throughout the country.
Dominic Cheli began his musical training in St. Louis, and he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Fabio Bidini. He earned his master’s degree from Yale University and bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Past teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Peter Frankl, André-Michel Schub, and Sylvia Rosenberg.