2021 Piano Fellows

Bravo! Vail strives to enhance the health and vibrancy of the performing arts field through professional development. The Bravo! Vail Piano Fellows program allows two up-and-coming pianists, selected by Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott, unparalleled access to the orchestra and other renowned Festival musicians, and the opportunity to collaborate and perform with other artists. Additionally, Bravo! Vail is proud to showcase outstanding chamber musicians and ensembles in the early stages of major professional careers. All these young artists benefit immeasurably by performing, teaching, and learning throughout the Vail community, in concert and collaboration. 

Bravo! Vail is thrilled to announce the 2021 Piano Fellows, Chaeyoung Park and Dominic Cheli. Both emerging artists will be performing in the Free Concert Series and Community Concerts. 

Chaeyoung Park


Chaeyoung Park has been praised as a passionate pianist who “does not play a single note without thought or feeling.” (New York Concert Review) She has most recently been featured on the Gilmore Rising Stars series, at the Lied Center of Kansas, and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a soloist. Winner of the 2019 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Chaeyoung has performed with orchestras across the U.S., at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and at Kneisel Hall as a dedicated chamber musician. South-Korean born, but also considering herself a Kansas native, Chaeyoung is currently based in New York City. Her debut album on the Steinway label will be released later this year. 

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Chaeyoung Park

Dominic Cheli


Dominic Cheli’s playing has been described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” (Symphony Magazine) His rapidly advancing career included his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev. He gave his Carnegie Hall Recital debut this past season. In 2017, Dominic was named first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City and winner of the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. Dominic is a native of St. Louis and has performed with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, as well as orchestras across the country and abroad including the San Diego Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany). He recently recorded his second CD on the Naxos label.

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Dominic Cheli