Cheli, Dominic

CHELI, Dominic

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Dominic Cheli, 20 year-old pianist, is from St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mr. Andre-Michel Schub. He is a recipient of the President’s Merit Scholarship, the G.A. Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Scholarship, and the Bright Flight Scholarship. Dominic has participated in master classes with renowned musicians, including Orli Shaham, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Joseph Kalichstein, Stephen Hough, Clive Greensmith, Sylvia Rosenberg, Menahem Pressler, and Yoheved Kaplinsky. He also performed for Jeremy Denk at the Rose Studio as part of the CMS masterclass series. He has performed with pianist Orli Shaham in her concert series “Baby Got Bach” and has been featured on the national radio show “From The Top.”

Dominic has been awarded 1st Prize in numerous competitions, including: St. Louis Chamber Orchestra’s 2009 Young Artist Competition, Webster University Symphony Orchestra’s 2008 Concerto Competition, and the 2007 St. Louis Italian-American Federation’s Piano Competition. He also placed 3rd in the 2008 MTNA National Junior Division Competition, and received the Audience Prize as well as 2nd Prize in the 2008 IIYM International Piano Competition.

Dominic has performed Bach’s Piano Concerto in d minor with the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, as well as at the Innsbrook Institute with members of the St. Louis Symphony. He has also performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Webster University Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Gateway Festival Orchestra.

Dominic has attended the Aspen Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Johann Sebastian Bach / Busoni Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004
Claude Debussy from Préludes
La danse de Puck
Sergei Rachmaninoff Etude-tableau in D Major, op. 39, no. 9
Carl Vine Sonata (1990)
Alexander Scriabin Poem in F-sharp Major, op. 32, no. 1
  Poem in D Major, op. 32, no. 2
Franz Liszt Réminiscences de Don Juan
Johann Sebastian Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, op. 22
Allegro con brio
Adagio con molto espressione
Rondo – Allegretto
Samuel Barber Sonata in E-flat Minor, op. 26
Allegro energico
Allegro vivace e leggiero
Adagio mesto
Fuga: Allegro con spirito
Sergei Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 16