A listener with closed eyes would have been hard pressed to distinguish the 26-year-old’s shapely, expressive performance with that of another gifted artist two or three times his age.
–The Plain Dealer
Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. He was the winner of the $50,000 First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition; the Thaviu Competition for String Performance (Chicago, 2013); The Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions; and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. In high demand as a recitalist and soloist, some career highlights include shows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The Cleveland Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Barbara Symphony.
Highlights for the 2021/2022 Season include the world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Divided for solo cello and orchestra (on tour) at major venues across the U.S., a concerto premiere by Andrea Casarrubios with Indianapolis Symphony, premieres in recital by Carlos Simon and Stephanie Ann Boyd, and multiple recording projects released on all streaming platforms.
Recently, Thomas was the featured cover story on Strings Magazine, September/October, 2020
In the Fall of 2021, Thomas will be the cello professor at The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (SUNY)