Beethoven, 7 Variations from Mozart’s The Magic Flute –
Debussy, Beau Soir –
Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008; “Fiddle” Fugue in D minor, BWV 539 –
Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62 –
Widor, Toccata from Symphony for Organ, No. 5, Op 42. –
Schubert, Serenade –
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major –
Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, is the winner of the 2017 Astral Artists Auditions and the 2016 Sphinx Competition. He has performed in a wide variety of solo engagements across the United States including with The Cleveland Orchestra and the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl as well as at the Mainly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Supreme Court of the United States, and at the International Beethoven Project.
As an enthusiastic interpreter of music for choir and cello, Mr. Mesa was one of the featured instrumentalists on The Crossing Choir’s album called “Bonhoeffer” that was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2017. As a chamber musician, Mr. Mesa has toured with Itzhak Perlman both nationally and internationally and is a member of St. Petersburg Piano Quartet who are in high demand for the most important series in America.
Mr. Mesa received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and his Master’s degree from Northwestern University where he was the recipient of the Richard and Helen Thomas Fellowship and Graduate Program Honors for extraordinary contributions to the String Department. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.