Kala Academy presents Chelsea de Souza from Mumbai, in a piano recital at the Dinanath Mangueshkar Indoor Auditorium on Friday, 29 July, at 7 pm. Entry is free.
17 year old Chelsea de Souza started playing the piano at the age of 5 and began performing on stage soon after. Her first major success was at the 1st All-India Piano Competition organized by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, where at the age of 10 she won the first prize in an age group up to 13 years. Barely four years later, she was the runner-up at the 2nd All-India Piano Competition – at 14, the youngest contestant in an age group up to 30 years. She was subsequently invited by jury member Sheila Arnold, Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln, Germany, on three consecutive summer scholarships.
Two years ago, she won the ‘Musiquest’ an All-India Piano Competition organized by the Academy of Music, Pune and a scholarship to the summer music program at the International Institute for Young Musicians, USA. There she competed against some of the finest young pianists from all over the world, and went on to win the top prize in the IIYM International Piano Competition in Kansas, USA. She was interviewed on NBC TV and performed live on Kansas Public Radio. In June 2010, she was the winner of the 1st Con Brio All-India Piano Competition, part of Furtados’ Schumania Music Festival. At the age of 16, she stood first in India in her LTCL (Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music, London) examination.
Chelsea has been declared a Steinway Young Artist, and was the winner of the Global Scholar-Education World Young Achievers Award. She has given concerts in Belgium, Germany and USA and has performed as a soloist with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. This July her engagements include solo recitals in Bangalore and Goa, and performances at the 2011 Con Brio Music Festival in Mumbai.
Chelsea is a trained classical singer and is also adept at Jazz and Popular music. She has won numerous prizes and has received accolades for her vocal performances. She has been the arranger, vocalist and pianist for her school rock band, winning prizes at the inter-school level. Chelsea also trains and accompanies performers at competitions and concerts and has accompanied some of Mumbai’s best known choirs at music festivals.
Chelsea has just completed her ISC from the Cathedral and John Connon School, and will be travelling to the USA this fall to pursue a Double Degree in music (piano performance) and academics at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences.
Her concert programme includes works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin.