The Sphinx Organization medalist joins the roster for all performance engagements


Tommy Mesa © Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

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Dinin Arts Management and Consulting has announced the signing of cellist Tommy Mesa to its recital roster for worldwide general management.

Dinin Arts has represented Mesa for orchestral engagements since March 2022. With this recent announcement, the company will now additionally represent Mesa for his recital commitments, which include his duo programmes with pianist Michelle Cann, Olga Kern, and Ilya Yakushev, as well as his new programme with the bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre.

Cuban-American cellist Mesa is the recipient of the 2023 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, first prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition and winner of the Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights in the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 seasons include premiering and touring Jessie Montgomery’s Divided for solo cello and orchestra, around thirty recitals, a residency at Colburn Conservatory, curating and performing chamber music programmes with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and duo recording projects with Olga Kern, JP Jofre, and Michelle Cann. Next season’s venues will include Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Supreme Court of the United States, Colburn School of Music, Kohler Foundation.

Mesa is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Northwestern University, and is a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers were Timothy Eddy, Julia Lichten, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Mark Churchill, Ross Harbaugh, and Wells Cunningham. Mesa performs on a cello made by Guilio Gigli, c.1789. 

Mesa joins the Dinin Arts roster which includes violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Danbi Um, violist Paul Neubauer, pianists Henry Kramer and Einav Yarden, the Lysander Piano Trio, the Borromeo Quartet and the Verona Quartet