Chelsea de Souza, piano

Known for her dynamic artistry and thought-provoking recital programming, Indian pianist Chelsea de Souza is a Steinway Young Artist equally at home in the worlds of traditional and new music. A finalist of the 2021 Concert Artists Guild competition, she strives to explore issues of identity and culture in her performances through her versatile, genre-defying artistry. Chelsea is a consummate chamber musician and a committed performer of music by living composers, performing with groups such as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and at La Jolla SummerFest, and commissioning and premiering several works for solo piano and ensemble. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Politics and in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and a Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute of Music. She is now pursuing her doctorate at the Shepherd School of Rice University.