Isaac Pastor-Chermak has been a cellist with the DPO since 2014.
He began taking cello lessons at the age of four and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley in 2010 and a Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2013.
The experience of a young classically trained musician is captured by the word “itinerant.” After graduate school, he answered almost every cello audition in the country in an effort to find work and establish himself as a professional musician. As a result. Isaac currently has 11 jobs: he plays four to six Masterwork Concerts each season with the DPO, but he is also a member of the Portland Opera (Principal), Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony (Principal), Stockton Symphony (Associate Principal), Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Santa Barbara Symphony. Additionally, he is a member of the Black Cedar Trio and a Beelard Foundation Artist in Residence at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music in Vacaville. And if that is not enough, he is the founder, music director and conductor of the Solano County Youth Chamber Orchestra, a highly selective youth orchestra in the California Bay Area, and also a cello teacher at the Dominican Sisters School of Music in Fremont.
Isaac’s significant lady friend, Alison Lee, is a professional pianist and the two frequently perform together throughout the country, including recent performances of the complete Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano.