CHETAN SKY TIERRA, a Yamaha artist, is an American concert pianist, composer, and songwriter. He has been seen on concert stages across America, Europe, Asia and Africa in solo recital, with orchestra, and with his atmospheric alternative band, Skyterra. While he has earned top prizes, performing in the world's most prestigious piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Queen Elizabeth, Jose Iturbi, Seoul, Unisa, Hilton Head, and New Orleans, he has been at the forefront of innovative classical piano evolution. "My sole purpose as an artist is to connect the audience with the music and give them an intense experience they cannot let go." Chetan says.
His Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 was praised as "magnificent" by the NY Concert Review and his charismatic persona and emotional style have led to many praises from audiences and critics alike. "Tierra held piano lovers on the edge of their seats." says Chris Waddington from The Times-Picaynne in New Orleans. "Pianist Chetan Tierra, Magic and Mastery!" says Lyn Bronson from Peninsula Reviews.
Chetan began playing the piano immediately after birth and later his father would tie him to his lap, point to the piano keys, and Chetan would play. His father was his first teacher and worked with him daily developing his talents. At the age of 8 Chetan began more traditional lessons. He gives much credit to his former teachers Hans Boepple, who he worked with in high school and Antonio Pompa-Baldi at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He spent the last decade performing all over the world, and while he still performs regularly, his attention is drawn to the undeniable potential of Skyterra. The band was recently nominated by the San Diego Music Awards for 2017 Best New Artist.
Besides being an incredible performing artist, Chetan also has a passion to share what he’s learned about piano with others. This year he will be launching a series of online courses covering a variety of different topics to help all pianists reach their full potential as well as share some of his secrets to true success. To learn more about his first course and preorder, click here.
Chetan also co-founded The San Diego Piano Academy with his fiancé and pianist, Melissa Creider. Together they have created the premier in-home piano lesson service in San Diego, CA featuring students of all ages from beginners to highly advanced students. To inquire about lesson availability, visit the Academy's website here.
"With Mr. Tierra's focused artistry, there was no noise, simply music. He is as they say, the real deal."
- New York Concert Review