In 2017, cellist Ismael Ariel Guerrero Bombut became the first student from from Havana, Cuba to attend the Heifetz Institute. He began his cello studies at the age of 8, and won several competitions and participated in masterclasses from such renowned cellists as Carlos Prieto, Clemen Hagens, Leidi Litschauer, Frans Helmerson, Colin Carr, and Laurence Lesser. He is now in his fourth year of his undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Amit Peled. This is Ismael’s third appearance as a member of Heifetz On Tour, having performed previously on tours in Pennsylvania and Virginia. In 2019, he attended the Keshet Eilon Festival in Israel, where he performed as soloist with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble. He has also performed in Switzerland, Mexico, Cape Cod, North Carolina, Florida, Baltimore and Washington DC. He is currently a cellist at the Mount Vernon Virtuosi Orchestra and the Peabody Peled Cello Gang, and has just been selected as a semifinalist for the 2020 Sphinx Competition.