Biography of Chelsea Guo
Chelsea Guo has recently completed her studies with honors at Juilliard Pre-College as a double major in both piano and classical voice, and she is currently a piano major at The Juilliard School as a first-year undergraduate student. She studies piano with Hung-Kuan Chen and classical voice with Lorraine Nubar.
From a young age, Chelsea has been honored with numerous awards and opportunities for professional advancement. She is a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, and a recipient of the US Chopin Foundation Scholarships for four consecutive years. She has been a prize winner at the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, the Young Artists Concerto Competition at Piano Texas, and The Juilliard School Precollege Piano Scholarship Competition. Her gifts as a classical soprano were acknowledged most recently when she received the Silver Medal in the 2019 US National YoungArts Classical Voice Competition and became a semi-finalist for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Chelsea has also been awarded prestigious scholarships from the George London and Gerda Lissner foundations in NY and was the first prize winner of the 2019 Schmidt Voice Competition.
In January 2018, pianist Chelsea performed in the “Grammy Salute to Classical Music: Celebrating the Legacy of Leonard Bernstein” at the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. She was also featured by the Lang Lang Foundation at the young scholars’ piano recital in Weill Hall. In May 2018, Chelsea gave recitals at Wigmore Hall in London and Howard Assembly Room in Leeds as a young guest artist of the Inaugural Leeds Piano Festival, sponsored by the Leeds International Piano Competition in England.
Having debuted as pianist with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in China at the age of nine, Chelsea returned to the orchestra in December 2018 when she performed as a vocal soloist under the baton of Maestro Tang Muhai. In the previous month, she was a guest artist of the Sixth Shenzhen Piano Music Festival in a trip which also included four solo recitals and two gala concerts in Shenzhen and Tianjin. In this past 2018-2019 season, Chelsea was also invited to give a solo recital with the Mozarteum Summer Concert Series in Salzburg, and was presented by the Impromptus Concert Series with three solo recitals in the New York Tristate area.
Chelsea’s appearances as concerto solo pianist have included ones with the Ft. Worth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Barry Douglas, the Torun Symphony in Poland, the Midwest Young Artists Symphony in Chicago, and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Other solo performances have taken her to Aspen’s Harris Concert Hall, Oxford’s Jacqueline du Pré Hall, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Salzburg’s Frohnburg Palace and Wiener Saal of Stifung Mozarteum, as well as Shenzhen Concert Hall and Tianjin Concert Hall in China. Chelsea’s radio appearances have included National Public Radio’s “From the Top” at the age of thirteen. After her first appearance at New York Classical Music Radio Station WQXR’s “Young Artist Showcase” at the age of eight, Chelsea returned to this show this past May with a full hour of solo performances and an interview conducted by Robert Sherman as both a pianist and a classical soprano.
Rachmaninoff Elegy by 13 yr old Chelsea Guo, "From the Top" #297, Nov., 2014