Ismar Gomes - Biography
An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Ismar Gomes has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Towson New Music Ensemble, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. He serves as Assistant Principal of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Principal of Bel Cantanti Opera. Mr. Gomes has commissioned and premiered many works by emerging composers and is the dedicatee of a solo sonata by Pulitzer-Prize-nominated composer, P. Kellach Waddle. He has performed throughout the US and Europe, including two tours of the Netherlands in addition to concerts in France and Canada. Most recently he has performed at the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall, Amsterdam City Hall, Château de Fontainebleau, Harris Hall, the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian. In 2012, he served as acting cellist with the Harlem String Quartet – together they toured throughout the US and received enthusiastic reviews at every stop.
Ismar is a cofounder of the Suda Quartet, as well as the baroque ensemble Arioso Furioso – both groups regularly perform concerts along the east coast. With an increasing number of appearances to their credit, Ismar Gomes and his duo partner, pianist Wan-Chi Su, collaborate in a variety of programs.
Ismar savors every opportunity to pass along what he has learned working closely with the Vermeer and Jerusalem Quartets, as well as with members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Brentano, Emerson, and Tokyo Quartets. Apart from his studies as a modern cellist, Ismar has enjoyed cultivating his broader interests, among them the cello’s performance history. As a baroque cellist, Ismar has been guided by Arthur Haas, Jeanette Sorrell, and Gwyn Roberts, in addition to private study with John Moran of REBEL, and René Schiffer. He has performed with the Baltimore Baroque Band, and the Baroque Ensemble at Stony Brook.
With such a wide-ranging scope of interests – including studies in early music, period performance, and adventures in commissioning and premiering works – he has developed a unique and broad based approach to both performing and teaching. As a Performing Associate at the Bowdoin Festival in 2012, Mr. Gomes taught private lessons to both undergraduate and graduate students. He has taught privately as well as coached chamber music in Cleveland, Baltimore and New York and spent summers coaching chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Summer Festival. Most recently, Ismar taught a Masterclass for undergraduate cellists at Stony Brook University, where he is a chamber music coach.
Originally from Cleveland, Ismar has participated in major festivals including Aspen, Bowdoin, Toronto Summer Academy, and the Zeist Music Days, where he has had the opportunity to play for the likes of Janos Starker, Steven Doane, and Paul Katz. While earning his Bachelor’s Degree, and later his Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory, Ismar was a student of Alison Wells and Amit Peled. Prior to his work at Peabody, Mr. Gomes was a student of Marc Johnson, cellist of the Vermeer Quartet, at Northern Illinois University. Ismar is currently completing his studies toward the Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, under the guidance of Colin Carr.
Mr. Gomes performs on a Gand Freres cello made in Paris, 1852.