Escondido, CA

Intimate Classics show features award-winning cellist and pianist

Cellist Thomas Mesa and Pianist Ilya Yakushev join together to perform at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, February 24, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Center Theater.

The young Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa won the 2016 Sphinx Competition $50,000 First Prize, and recently performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for over 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl in the orchestra’s annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular.

He also recently performed as soloist with the Cleveland Symphony and in numerous solo and chamber appearances in New York City (Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall, Rockefeller University); Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts); the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Heifetz Institute, the Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount, the International Beethoven Project, and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Thomas has toured with Itzhak Perlman and Protegés both nationally and internationally and as a member of the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet, he played sold-out concerts at Barge Music (New York City), the Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Music Mountain and numerous other venues across the U.S. His regular duo partner is the acclaimed Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev.

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents.

He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York); Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco); Glinka Philharmonic Hall in his native St. Petersburg, Russia; Victoria Hall (Singapore); and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, South Korea), among countless others. 

He has also performed with various orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and many others. 

The Mesa-Yakushev Duo Intimate Classics performance at the Center is sponsored by Mrs. Lois Brossart. 

Tickets are on sale online at or at the Center ticket office at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido or by calling 800-988-4253. The ticket office is open Tueday – Saturday, noon–6 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

Tickets for the show range from $35-$55 and the “After Show Meet & Greet is $100.  Get more information about the show here:


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