Chelsea de Souza, piano

Chelsea de Souza is an award-winning Steinway Young Artist from Mumbai, India. A musician of varied interests, both solo and collaborative, Chelsea has performed with the contemporary music ensembles at Oberlin Conservatory, the Peabody Institute and the Shepherd School. She is a committed performer of music by living composers and has premiered numerous works for solo piano and small ensemble. Most recently, she was awarded a 2020 Project Grant by New Music USA for her project “Blurred Origins: Redefining Culture through Music”, supporting the commission of a new work for cello and piano that refocuses discussions of culture around the individual. Chelsea 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. She is now pursuing her doctorate at the Shepherd School of Rice University with Jon Kimura Parker.