In the summer of 2017 Ismael Ariel Guerrero Bombut became the first Heifetz student ever to come from Cuba. Raised in Havana, Ismael began his cello studies at theage of 8 at the Paulita Concepcion Elementary School of Music. Since then, he has participated four times in the Amadeo Roldan Cello Competition in Cuba, winning 2nd place his first year at 9 years old, and 1st place the other three. He has participated in masterclasses from such renowned cellists Carlos Prieto, Clemen Hagens, and Leidi Litschauer. A graduate of the Amadeo Roldan Music School, Ismael is now in his second year of undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which he attends on a full scholarship as a student of Heifetz faculty member Amit Peled. While at Peabody, he went on tour with Mr. Peled and his Peabody studio mates last summer, giving concerts in Cape Cod and Virginia, and recording the first four cello arrangement of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, which was released on CD and iTunes in mid-October, Ismael was one of eight semifinalists in the Artist Series National String Competition this year, which was held in Sarasota, Florida. These concerts with the Church Farm School mark his Heifetz on Tour debut. This summer he will be attending Keshet Eilon, a summer music festival held in Israel, and will also be on tour with the Peabody Cello Gang, with concerts scheduled in Mexico and Cape Cod.