On Monday, February 25, rapidly rising star cellist Thomas Mesa will perform with pianist Ilya Yakushev, winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition. An enthusiastic interpreter of music for choir and cello, Thomas Mesa was a featured instrumentalist on the Philadelphia-based chamber choir The Crossing’s album, Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer, nominated for a Grammy Award in 2017. He has been a featured soloist with the choir at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, The Winter Garden, and the Theological Seminary in New York City. They also collaborated on the American premiere of Astralis, composed by Wolfgang Rihm, one of the most important composers of this generation, at Northwestern University, and then last year, at the National Cathedral. With a BM from Juilliard (2012) and an MM from Northwestern (2014), he is currently a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music.
The young Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa is quickly establishing himself as one of the most charismatic and engaging performers of his generation. Mr. Mesa was the winner of the $50,000 First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition; the Thaviu Competition for String Performance (Chicago, 2013); and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. Later this month he will perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and his performance with the Cleveland Orchestra received this rave review from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “A listener with closed eyes would have been hard-pressed to distinguish [Mesa’s] shapely, expressive performance from that of another gifted artist two or three times his age.”
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