24 year old Cuban American cellist, Thomas Mesa, is a native of Miami, Florida and began his musical studies at the age of eleven. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor Degree, and went on to earn his Masters of Music Degree from Northwestern University in 2014 where he was the recipient of the Richard and Helen Thomas Fellowship and Graduate Program Honors for extraordinary contributions to the String Department. Thomas is a member of St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, has toured with Itzhak Perlman and Proteges both nationally and internationally, and has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall, Barge Music, WMP Music Hall, Arsht Center for Performing Arts, Jordan Hall, and on PBS’s From the Top.
Thomas won first place in the Thaviu Competition for String Performance in Chicago (2013); first place in Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition, and was the recipient of the Ray Millette Young Artist’s Award, Certificate of Merit in Music from the City of Miami; and received an Outstanding Musicianship award from New World Symphony (2006). He has attended Summer festivals and institutes which include the Perlman Chamber Workshop, Perlman Stowe Residency, Heifetz International Music Institute; Banff, Kronberg and Royal Danish Academy Masterclasses, Kneisel Hall, Yellow Barn Young Artists’ Program, Aspen Music Festival, and Eastern Music Festival. He was a teaching assistant at Meadowmount School of Music for the past two Summers and Visiting Artist and Faculty at St. Petersburg String Academy in July. Thomas’ principal teachers have been Hans Jorgen Jensen, Timothy Eddy, Mark Churchill, Ross Harbaugh, and Wells Cunningham.