I believe that every piece has a story, which is one of the biggest reasons I am so infatuated with music. The piano first attracted me because of its innate qualities: wide range of dynamics, color, texture, harmony, and possibility. My goal whenever I perform is to transport you, the listener, into the fantastical world created by the composer and their masterpiece.

Growing up in St. Louis, my first performances were in nursing homes, at charitable events, and for elementary students. Today, I continue my enthusiasm for outreach in collaboration with Project: Music Heals Us, a non-profit organization that presents interactive classical music performances to diverse audiences. Our mission is to provide encouragement and healing with a focus on elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations. Education is a passion of mine and is driven by the gratitude I have for my past mentors from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and the Colburn School. The generous spirits of AndreMichel Schub, Peter Frankl, Fabio Bidini, Zena Ilyashov and Sylvia Rosenberg have shown me the remarkable tradition of giving, that exists in our venerable art form.

In 2017 my life changed considerably: I moved to Los Angeles and was also named 1st prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition! As a result, I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet and forge relationships with a wide range of audiences, culminating in debuts at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall with Maestro Valery Gergiev last season. Future performances that I am delighted about are debuts at Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center as well as concertos with the Seattle and Indianapolis Symphonies.

In addition to live performances, I have had the pleasure of recording on the Delos and Naxos labels. My first CD featured the music of Muzio Clementi, with a second CD, containing the music of Liszt/Schubert, scheduled for release in the 2020-21 season. Both discs contain music that previously had never been recorded commercially, and I am extremely excited to present these wonderful, unknown works.

When not at the piano, you can find me training for my next Ironman 70.3 triathlon race, grilling up a feast for my post-workout/concert meal, or reading biographies of composers with a glass of wine.

-Dominic Cheli


  • See video Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7 (3rd mov)

    Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7 (3rd mov)

  • See video  Carl Vine Piano Sonata No. 1

    Carl Vine Piano Sonata No. 1

  • See video  Liszt/Mozart Don Juan Fantasy

    Liszt/Mozart Don Juan Fantasy

  • See video  Scriabin Fantasy in B Minor

    Scriabin Fantasy in B Minor