Salon Series: Pianist Dominic Cheli

Photo: Chris Manitius

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s concert program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents pianist Dominic Cheli.

Applauded by MusicWeb International for his “splendid playing…great skill and technical prowess,” pianist Dominic Cheli is First Prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Earlier in 2017, Naxos released his debut CD, and he won the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, leading to a critically acclaimed performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Festival Orchestra. His rapidly advancing career includes his concerto debut in Walt Disney Hall under the baton of Valery Gergiev this season, and his Carnegie Hall recital debut on the 2018-19 CAG Series at Weill Recital Hall.

A native of St. Louis, Dominic has been praised for playing with “insight and tenderness” and “touch [that] was resonant and rich” (The Heartland Journal). Highlights of his 2017-18 season include a performance of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Northwestern German Philharmonic, as well as recitals at Steinway Hall in Beverly Hills and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. His busy spring and summer 2018 schedule includes a return to the Virginia Arts Festival for a special concert celebrating his teacher and mentor André-Michel Schub (including their collaboration on Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, with the Virginia Symphony), and also debut recitals at the Ravinia Festival and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

Dominic Cheli began his musical training in St. Louis, and he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, studying with Fabio Bidini. He earned his Master of Music 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.

Cheli opens his program with the short, evocative Bruyères (“Heather”), one of the 24 Preludes by French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy (1862–1918), written between 1912 and 1913. That is followed by the complex and challenging Piano Sonata No.1 (1990) by Carl Vine (b. 1954), who came to prominence in his native Australia as a composer of music for dance.  

Two works by Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) follow: Nocturne in C minor, Op.48, No.1 (1841), one of 21 pieces for solo piano written between 1827 and 1846, and categorized as one of Chopin's greatest emotional achievements. Cheli continues with Ballade in A-flat Major, Op.47, No.3 (1841) with its dramatic and dance-like elements. The work is considered to be among the most challenging pieces in the standard piano repertoire. The program concludes with Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418, the extremely technically demanding opera fantasy for piano by Polish-born composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886), based on themes from Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Any seat not filled by 6:30 pm will be released to those on the wait list.

Other Salon Series Performances:

Violinist Francisco Fullana and Pianist David Fung, October 5, 6 pm

Pianist Niccolò Ronchi and Violinist Esther Abrami, October 12, 6 pm

Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva, October 19, 6 pm

Seating is limited; advance registration is required.

Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust,  Concert Artists Guild, and Pro Musicis, and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.
Salon Series: Pianist Dominic Cheli
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
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$25 | $10 for Members, Children, and Students
Includes Museum admission
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