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Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical

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Ismar G In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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DMA, Stony Brook University, Cello Performance MM, Peabody Conservatory, Cello Performance BM, Peabody Conservatory, Cello Performance

Awards:

Over 100 duo recitals nationwide

Acting Cellist in the Harlem String Quartet, 2012

Former Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival - Performing Fellow

Chamber Music concert tours in North America and Europe

Performances with members of the Emerson, Cavani and Brentano Quartets

Overview:
Award-winning cellist, Ismar Gomes, has performed internationally as a chamber musician, and soloist. Hailed for his “impressive virtuosity, energy, and a handsome tonal range” (Berkshire Review), he has established himself as a captivating young artist, delivering exciting and innovative performances. Recent appearances have taken Dr. Gomes to four continents including performances at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Evolution Contemporary Music Series, Le Petit Salon, Luan Huan Shan Glades Music Festival, Early Music at St. Mark’s, and many more. His recent collaborators include members of the Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphonies, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as members of the Johannes, and Brentano Quartets. Also in demand as an orchestral player, Mr. Gomes was the Baltimore Symphony’s Fellow for the 2015 – 2016 season, and is a member of both the Virginia and Richmond Symphonies. Nearly a decade ago, Dr. Gomes and pianist Wan-Chi Su founded Duo Sorolla, which has appeared on distinguished series across the US. Besides their focus on the rich, historic repertoire for cello and piano, the Duo has worked with many outstanding composers – including Aaron Malone, William H. Weigel, George Walker, Ying-Chen Kao and Aaron Jay Kernis – to produce and perform their works. Ismar is also a respected baroque cellist, a capacity in which he has performed for over a decade. In 2012 Mr. Gomes co-founded Arioso Furioso, a baroque ensemble based in New York and later in 2018, Ismar joined Mélomanie, an ensemble based in Delaware that pairs early music and contemporary works on period instruments. An album of newly recorded works written especially for Mélomanie by Richard Belcastro, Larry Nelson, Robert Maggio, and Suzanne Sorkin will be released in 2020. Always engaged in performing and commissioning new works, Dr. Gomes has presented 50+ world premiere performances. In 2014 Mr. Gomes made the premiere recording of a chamber opera by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lang performing with the Harlem Quartet and guest artists; the recording was a Grammy nomination finalist. Next season, Ismar will give the premiere of a new concerto written for him, by James Lee III, in Philadelphia. Teaching is a central component in Mr. Gomes’ musical life. He recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at Luther College in Iowa, and is presently on faculty at Gettysburg College. He was formerly faculty and guest artist for StringFest at Merkin Hall, Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, CIM Summer Chamber Music, and Young Artist at the Three Bridges International Music Festival – he is currently a Faculty Artist at the Rushmore Music Festival, the Baltimore International Piano Festival, and CelloSpeak. Dr. Gomes has recently been invited to present masterclasses at several universities including Georgetown, Towson, Ball State, and Duke. Ismar attended the Peabody Conservatory, studying with Alison Wells and Amit Peled. Previous teachers include Marc Johnson and Clive Greensmith of the Vermeer and Tokyo Quartets. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Colin Carr. Mr. Gomes has appeared in Masterclasses for eminent cellists including Steven Doane, Janos Starker and Steven Isserlis, and was mentored in chamber music by the Vermeer, Jerusalem, Juilliard, and Emerson String Quartets. Please visit www.IsmarGomes.com for up to date information about Mr. Gomes’ projects.
EXPERIENCE
As an educator I have maintained a private studio for over a decade, with students as young as 4 years old, as well as students learning the cello in their retirement years. Along the way I have worked extensively with cellists of all ability levels, including absolute beginners and dedicated music majors at the undergraduate and graduate level. I have taught chamber music and prepared many students and student groups for successful performances. By fostering an environment in which a student truly enjoys classical music, adding a dose of discipline and smart practicing techniques, anybody can achieve incredible results.
METHODS USED
I always start my students with a guided tour through the Suzuki books, sprinkling in the ocassional fun arrangement. Usually along the way, we break off into other repertoire and etudes which are not available through the Suzuki Method. My own rigorous set of practice techniques and exercises, coupled with etudes from Dotzauer, Popper and Piatti will quite fully sculpt any student into a fine cellist.  There are so many materials available for students and teachers and what I use is a combination of my own materials along with other published methods.
LESSON STYLE
Establishing clear and attainable goals, while always challenging my students, is the key to the success I have seen. My nuts and bolts approach to playing makes any cellistic problems seem rather slight, while my long term curriculum insures that every student will be fully equipped to attack the next level of achievement, without the need to ever "re-learn" any aspect of cello playing. Making music is the most important part about being a musician, so it is my goal as a teacher to help all my students express themselves as vividly and articulately through their instrument as possible.
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