".... Tommy Mesa has been awarded with a Sphinx Medal of Excellence, one of the highest honours bestowed by the Sphinx Organization. He is one of three recipients alongside soprano Aundi Marie Moore and composer Joel Thompson...."
"....Tommy Mesa dreamed of playing the drums, then unexpectedly fell in love with the (nearly human) sound of the cello. As part of our video series, WRTI Presents Astral, this Cuban-American Astral Artist recently visited the WRTI Performance Studio and played three works...."
“…Do not hold your breath for Yo-Yo Ma to record this repertoire, for the just-as-excellent Mesa has the field entirely to himself.”
“…Mesa appeared by special arrangement with Sphinx Organization, which is focused on increasing representation of Black and Latinx artists in classical music and recognizing excellence. He gave a splendid account of the piece, shaping its tender, simple tunes with winning sincerity and delivering its challenging passages with effortless panache.”