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
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.