Biography

CHETAN TIERRA, a Yamaha Artist, pianist, and composer has delighted audiences across the globe in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and on radio and TV. He has performed on some of the world’s most renowned concert stages after making strong and winning appearances in the most rigorous and prestigious international piano competitions such as Queen Elisabeth, Van Cliburn, Jose Iturbi, Hilton Head, New Orleans, Unisa, and Seoul. The NY Concert Review praised his 2006 Carnegie Hall debut as “magnificent”, 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 the Peninsula Reviews.

 

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 wife and pianist, Melissa Evans Tierra. 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

"Over my 35 years as director of the Distinguished Artists Series, I have heard hundreds of really great pianists. Occasionally one appears with a voice that speaks directly to the heart in a flawless manner. Such was the case with his performance. With the exception of maybe a Garrick Ohlsson or a Yuja Wang, I think he's right up there with the best of them."
 -John Orlando, Distinguished Artists Series

"The best, most important quality of Chetan's playing is one that cannot be taught. He has an innate ability to communicate with the audience, involving listeners, taking them on a journey, and never allowing their attention to wander. Chetan can bring listeners to the edge of their seats, or soothe them with his beautiful soft touch."

-Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Concert Pianist

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