Good Monday Morning Obots!
This week we will spotlight incredible children and teens with talents and achievements that will leave you speechless.
Chelsea is a gifted, thirteen-year old classical pianist that has been identified as a child prodigy. Chelsea began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 1/2 under the instruction of Eugenia Betman, a Russian, classically-trained teacher. She is also a straight A academic student. Recently, Chelsea’s art work was chosen out of 800 entries as part of the Public School Arts exhibition contest. Her piece, along with 45 other winners, was on display at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City.
Chelsea is a humble yet fierce competitor. She began competing and winning piano competitions at the age of 5. Chelsea has been a winner in her last 10 straight competitions.
In addition to Chelsea performing in competitions, Chelsea has already performed at a variety of major venues: Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, CAMI Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Rutgers University, S.O.B.’s, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the CMA’s which was televised by the ABC television network. The Country Music Association’s Music Festival is held once a year in Nashville and is the most prestigious event in Nashville. There Chelsea performed at the LP Stadium in front of 60,000 fans with the Grammy Award-winning duo “Big and Rich”.
Chelsea has participated in benefits and fundraisers such as The Governor’s Arts Awards (televised on the Metro Channels), a Tsunami Benefit in Baltimore, Hospital Audiences at Brooklyn College with Melba Moore, a Hurricane Katrina Benefit at Rutgers University, New Visions at the Pierre and Waldorf Hotels in New York, and many Church functions.
With great honor, Chelsea performed at the Empire Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York on January 16, 2006 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s observance. This performance was televised on the Metro Channels.
Chelsea has been featured in several publications such as Newsdays City Life, Outstanding African-American Students, and National Geographic.