Daniel Tselyakov, Canada

Born into a musical family, Daniel Tselyakov began his piano studies at the age of five with his father, well-known Canadian pianist Alexander Tselyakov, before subsequently completing a Bachelor’s degree at the Oberlin Conservatory with Angela Cheng. 

Daniel is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree and full-teaching assistantship at the University of Utah with Ning Lu. 

His recent accomplishments include winning the Southwest Division of the MTNA Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, the Audience Prize and Fourth Prize at the Livorno International Piano Competition in Italy, and the Best Contemporary Work Prize at the San Jose International Piano Competition. Daniel has also previously received a full scholarship to the Art of Piano and PianoTexas Academies and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artist International Program at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. 

Daniel has studied with legendary mentors including Sergei Babayan, Olga Kern, Marc-André Hamelin, André Laplante, and Marc Durand. By the age of 14, he had performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as a soloist with the Penderecki String Quartet, and reunited with them this summer to perform Mozart’s E-flat Piano Quartet at the Stockey Center for the Performing Arts in Canada. As the youngest musician ever to be invited as a guest artist to the prestigious Virtuosi Concert Series in Winnipeg, he will be returning to their stage this December performing Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. He has performed alongside violin virtuoso James Ehnes, and has appeared as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the Winnipeg Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra. 

Competitor: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.