The Virginia Gazette
Cheli delivered, thematically, one helluva brilliant performance. He blended the sweet with the sensational in a mighty display of exacting keyboard skill that often found fingers flying with such flurry they became a blur of activity. It was a dazzling moment by a pianist whose name is destined for Schub-ian heights.
Santa Barbara Voice Magazine (page 4)
From shy ingénue pre-play, to barnstorming Goliath in performance, Cheli’s huge hands flew over the keyboard in lithe contradiction to their presumed gravity; sundry complexities flowing from Prokofiev’s pen were neatly turned to velvet submissions, in this pianist’s intelligent dissection of fact from froo-froo.
The Heartland Journal
Cheli transformed the piano into a mini-orchestra of its own, echoing the agility of a violin, the singing of a flute or the deep responsive voice of a double bass. His touch was resonant and rich, with unerring accuracy.