Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. He is the recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award (2023) and won First Prize in the Sphinx Competition (2016). Thomas has soloed with prestigious orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others. Highlights in the upcoming 2022-2024 seasons include premiering and touring Jessie Montgomery’s Divided for solo cello and orchestra, performing approximately thirty recitals, attending a residency at Colburn Conservatory, curating and performing chamber music programs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and recording duo projects with Olga Kern, JP Jofre, and Michelle Cann. Next season’s venues include Carnegie Hall, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Supreme Court of the United States, Colburn School of Music, and Kohler Foundation. Thomas is the cello professor at The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College.