Concert pianist Chelsea de Souza is a Steinway Young Artist internationally acclaimed for her dynamic artistry and thought-provoking recital programming. A Houston transplant born and raised in Mumbai, India, the four-time All-India Piano Competition winner brings together a diverse range of musical influences from Western and Indian classical to jazz in her versatile, genre-defying artistry. A captivating performer and lecturer with ‘an alluring stage presence’ (The Hindu), she weaves together personal anecdotes, historical context and musical improvisation to create immersive concert experiences that are universally appealing. Her lecture-recital presentation ‘The Silk Road’ explores issues of culture and identity in musical exchange between East and West, receiving high praise on tour across the US and India. Other offerings include ‘Crossroads,’ a program of storytelling and music exploring the East-West duality of her heritage; and ‘Elemental,’ a program of music based on the four elements. Chelsea has performed at La Jolla Summerfest, for DACAMERA Chamber Music and Jazz Series, and with award-winning groups Alarm Will Sound and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Houston Music Festival, which strives to present classical music in fresh and inventive ways to new audiences around the city. Photo by Natalie Gaynor.

Additional information



Contact name

Chelsea de Souza

Contact address

2310 Stanford St. Apt. A Houston TX 77006

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Public Performance

$1, 000 – $3, 000

School performance

$350 – $1, 000

Workshop fees

$500 – $2, 500

Travel per diem lodging

$100 – $700




Special audiences

Festivals, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged

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