New York Concert Review
One of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation
Cuban-American cellist Tommy Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. The recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s 2023 Medal of Excellence, its highest honor, Mesa has appeared as soloist at the Supreme Court of the United States on fouroccasions and with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, Madison, New Jersey, San Antonio, and Santa Barbara, among others. Mesa gave the world premiere and subsequent tour of Jessie Montgomery’s cello concerto in the 2022-23 season, with performances at major halls across the United States and Brazil including Miami’s New World Center and Carnegie Hall. His orchestral recording debut of the work was released in July 2023 on Deutsche Grammophon.
As a recording artist, Tommy will be releasing duo albums with pianist Michelle Cann, pianist Olga Kern, and bandoneonist JP Jofre. Recently, he was the featured soloist for Sphinx Virtuosi’s album to be released on Deutsche Grammophon in late 2023.
Recently, Tommy was the featured cover story on Strings Magazine, September/October, 2020