Isaac Pastor-Chermak

Isaac Pastor-Chermak has been a cellist with the DPO since 2014.

He leads a diverse and active musical life at home in Northern California and around the United States. A quintessential 21st-century artist, he engages deeply as a cellist, teacher, conductor, and administrator, motivated by an abiding love of sharing great music with friends and collaborators.

When not performing with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, in any given weekend of the season, he can be found performing as Principal Cellist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; Assistant Principal Cellist of Opera San Jose; and as a member of the Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony. During the summer season, he is Assistant Principal Cellist at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria, and Principal Cellist of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

In the world of chamber music, Isaac is the cellist of Black Cedar Trio, the only flute-cello-guitar ensemble in the country, and Ensemble 1828, a piano trio. He partners regularly with pianists Alison Lee and Miles Graber in sonata programs.

He holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. with honors) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M. with honors). He concluded his formal education in Orchestral Conducting at the University of California, Davis. He makes his home in the North Berkeley hills, but is at home wherever the music takes him.

Photos by Andy Snow