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Ismar Gomes


Washington, D.C.
5 Played at 5 groupmuses!

Ismar Gomes



Sharing our enthusiasm for great works is as exciting as performing for us. We love to interact with our audiences, often taking questions and having discussions about the music and its history, as well as our instruments and our playing. Relevance is paramount and we want our audiences to experience these immortal and emotional works just as we do.

I've performed around the world in Recitals, Chamber music and Orchestral playing, specializing in programs with my pianist and Duo partner Wan-Chi Su. Apart from commissioning and championing new works by emerging and established composers, I often perform both rare and major works by composers from the early baroque through the 20th century. I curate programs that are compelling for audiences while delivering surprising musical pairings; all guided by introductions and commentary throughout the performance.


Selected Repertoire (subject to availability)

Sonata Repertoire:
Auerbach - Sonata
Bach – Sonata Nos. 1-3, for Viola da Gamba
Beethoven – Sonata Nos. 1-5
Boccherini – Sonata in A major
Brahms - Sonata in e minor and Sonata in F major
Bridge – Sonata
Britten - Cello Sonata
Chopin - Sonata
Debussy - Sonata
Eccles – Sonata
Faure – Sonata in D minor
Franck – Sonata
Francoeur – Sonata
Janacek - Pohadka
Martinu – Sonata No. 1
Mendelssohn – Sonata in D major
Poulenc – Sonata
Prokofiev – Sonata in C major
Rachmaninov – Sonata
Schubert – Arpeggione Sonata
C. Schumann - Romances
R. Schumann - Fantasy Pieces
Shostakovich – Sonata

20th Century works:
Auerbach - 24 Preludes
Bartok - First Rhapsody
Foss - Capriccio
Kernis - Air
Malone - Commissioned work TBA
Weigel - Fantasy Variations

Beethoven – Triple Concerto
Brahms – Double Concerto
Elgar – Concerto in E minor
Dvorak – Concerto in B minor
Gulda - Cello Concerto
Haydn – Concerto in C Major
Haydn – Concerto in D major
Hindemith – Cello Concerto (1940)
Lalo – Concerto in D minor
Schumann – Cello Concerto
Shostakovich – Concerto No. 1
Saint-Saens – Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations
Walton – Concerto

Solo Works:
Bach – Suites 1-6
Britten – Suite Nos. 1, 3
Cassado – Suite
Golijov - Omaramor
Harbison – Suite for Solo Cello
Henze – Serenade
Kotcheff – Solo Suite
Ligeti - Sonata
O'Connor - Appalachia Waltz
Prokofiev Allegro for Cello Solo
Reger – Suite in G major
Sibelius Theme and Variations
Summer - Julie-O
Tavener – Thrinos

Short works:
Bartok - Rhapsody No. 1
Beethoven – Seven Variations, in E-Flat
Chopin – Polonaise Brillante
Davidoff – At The Fountain
Dvorak – Silent Woods
Faure – Elegie and Apres un Reve
Ginastera – Pampeana No. 2
Giannotti - Pastorale
Harrison – Raga Preludes
Janacek - Pohadka
Kernis - Air
Martinu – Variations on a Theme by Rossini
Mendelssohn – Lied ohne Worte
Piazzola – Le Grand Tango
Popper – Tarantella
Schumann – Fantasy Pieces
Schumann – Adagio and Allegro
Schumann – Funf Stucke in Volkston
Takemitsu – Orion
Tsintsadze – Five Pieces in Folk Style
Van Goens – Scherzo
Weigel - Fantasy Variations
Yun – Espace I

Chamber Music
Arensky: Cello Quartet
Bach: Musical Offering
Beethoven Quartets: Op. 18 -1,3,4,5, Op 59 - 1,3, Op.
74, Op. 95, Ghost Trio, Op. 1 - 1,2,3, Septet, Kakadu
Trio, String Trios Op. 9 - 1,2
Borodin: String Quartet in A major
Brahms: Quartet No. 1, Piano Quartets 1, 3, Complete
Trios, Clarinet Trio/Quintet, Piano Quintet, String Sextets
Britten: Phantasy Quartet
Carter: Triple Duo
Dvorak: American Quartet, Op. 52 in Eb, Piano Quintet
in A
Faure: Piano Quartets, Piano Quintet No. 1
Haydn: Several Quartets and Trios
Hindemith: Quartet (cl, vln, vcl, pno)
Kodaly Duo
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in d minor, Quartets Op. 13 & 80
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Moravec: Tempest Fantasy
Mozart: Many Quartets and Trios
Neikrug: Clarinet
Piston: Quartet No. 1
Rachmaninov: Trio Elegiaque
Ravel: Quartet
Saint-Saens: Piano Trio in F major
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht
Schonfield: Cafe Music
Schubert: Piano Trios, Death and the Maiden,
Schumann: First Trio, First Quartet, Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet
Shostakovich: Piano Trios 1, 2, Quartets 1, 8, Piano
Smetana: Piano Trio
Strauss: Sextet
Walton: String Quartet
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio


Ensemble profiles

Past groupmuses (5)

  • Delightful tunes for frightful weather (petworth/park view)

    Friday, Dec 13, 2019 6:30 PM EST

    • Neighborhood: Park View/Petworth
    • Composers: Bach, Maggio, dall'Abaco, Nelson
    • Instruments: Baroque Cello and Modern Cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 4 years ago

  • John's February Groupmuse

    Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 7:30 PM EST

    • Neighborhood: King Farm
    • Composers: Franck, Kao, Yi, de Falla
    • Instruments: Cello and Piano
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 5 years ago

  • Mark's 8th Groupmuse

    Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 7:30 PM EST

    • Neighborhood: Glen, Baltimore
    • Composers: Bach, Holst, dall'Abaco, Golijov
    • Instruments: Solo cello
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened about 5 years ago

  • An Autumn Evening of Solo Cello

    Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Shaw, Washington DC
    • Composers: Bach, Tsintsadze, Tagell, and Golijov
    • Instruments: Cello Solo
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened over 5 years ago

  • Morgan Muse

    Sunday, Apr 29, 2018 7:30 PM EDT

    • Neighborhood: Northwest Washington, Washington
    • Composers: Franck, Bach, Cassado
    • Instruments: Cello and Piano
    • Price: $5 to reserve, $20+ at event

    Happened almost 6 years ago