Ismar Gomes is a chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral player. Recent performance highlights include Duo recitals on distinguished concert series across the United States, as well as collaborations with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Emerson Quartet, and the Johannes Quartets. He is a member of the Virginia and Delaware Symphonies and frequently performs with the Charleston and Baltimore Symphonies. On faculty at several Universities in Maryland, Mr. Gomes spends his summers mentoring students in cello and chamber music at both the Rushmore Music Festival and the Baltimore International Piano Festival. Past faculty appointments include the Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Chamber Music Festival, StringFest at Merkin Hall, the Performing Arts Institute, and the Three Bridges Festival. Mr. Gomes also enjoys the process of commissioning and performing new compositions; he has worked with and recorded the works of William H. Weigel, Marc Neikrug, David Lang, and James Lee III. 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.