Twenty-year-old Chelsea Guo has already attracted international attention as a pianist and soprano of remarkable gifts. Her dual artistry is featured in her 2021 debut recording on the Orchid Classics label, “Chelsea Guo: Chopin in My Voice”, which includes beloved Chopin solo repertoire, along with two Chopin songs and one Rossini aria in which the artist accompanies herself. The inclusion of the Rossini aria is typical of many of the concert programs Chelsea offers, which include both piano and vocal works, enriching the opportunity for her audience to experience music in a broader context and displaying the influence that singers had on composers of their time. Gramophone Magazine included the recording in their Essential New Albums and Classical FM featured Chelsea for an entire week as a “Young Classical Star.” In China, all of the major digital music platforms prominently displayed the recording on their home pages and Naxos China highlighted it among “The Best Albums of the Month”.
Chelsea’s 2021-22 season includes her German debut at the Moritzburg Festival as both pianist and soprano, and appearances in both capacities with the Stamford Symphony and Michael Stern in their season opening gala, as well as an hour long return visit to radio station WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase. She also performs with the New Jersey Symphony, and the Oregon Mozart Players and Kelly Kuo in the closing concert of their 40th anniversary season. After having won a top prize in the 2020 National Chopin Piano Competition in Miami, she performs recitals in Florida for the Chopin Foundation of the United States, the Miami International Piano Festival, and the Grand Piano Series in Naples.
Chelsea’s solo piano performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as prominent venues throughout the United States, England, Austria, France, Poland, Italy, China, Japan and Canada. A guest artist of the Leeds Inaugural Piano Festival, she was also featured in Europe in solo recitals presented by the Mozarteum Summer Series in Salzburg, and in China, in a six-concert tour under the auspices of the Shenzhen Piano Music Festival. Her orchestral appearances have included the Ft. Worth Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Barry Douglas, and the Torun Symphony Orchestra in Poland. Chelsea was honored to be a Young Scholar of the Lang Lang Foundation, a young artist of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale, and a recipient of the US Chopin Foundation scholarships for four consecutive years.
Chelsea’s passion for piano was mirrored by her love of singing from an early age. Having debuted as a pianist with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra at age nine, she returned in 2018 as vocal soloist under the baton of Maestro Muhai Tang. She has been recognized for her vocal gifts as a 2019 National YoungArts winner, the first prize winner in the 2019 Schmidt Voice Competition, and recipient of scholarships from the George London and Gerda Lissner foundations.
Chelsea graduated with honors from the Juilliard School’s Pre-College as a double major in piano and classical voice. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in piano at Juilliard College under the tutelage of Hung-Kuan Chen and continuing her vocal studies with Lorraine Nubar and Jason Ferrante.