Tadao Hermida Ito
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Music,
Doctor of Musical Arts,
Born in Puebla City, Mexico, Tadao Hermida Ito began his cello studies with his father at the age of four. Throughout his early career, Tadao performed in masterclasses for musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gustav Rivinius, Eric Kim, and Jeroen den Herder. From 2012-2013 he continued his studies with Gavriel Lipkind.
Tadao received his Bachelor of Music degree in violoncello performance at the University of Cincinnati's College- Conservatory of Music, studying under Yehuda Hanani's tutelage and graduating with Summa Cum Laude. While in school, he received chamber music and orchestral repertoire training with Ilya Finkelshteyn, Giora Schmidt, and the Ariel Quartet.
In addition to receiving numerous awards and scholarships, Tadao has participated in various music festivals around the world including the United States (High Peaks Festival), Mexico (Festival Internacional Cervantino), Germany (Forum Artium), Holland (Lipkind Masterclasses), Israel (Keshet Eilon), and Honduras (Festival de Violoncello). Also, Tadao received Puebla State's highly regarded PECDA grand scholarship and was a prize winner at the First National Violoncello Competition in Monterrey, Mexico, at age 15.
From 2019-2021 he was the recipient of Mexico's prestigious FONCA-CONACYT grant scholarship for studies abroad during which he completed and obtained the degree of Master of Music in Instrumental Performance from the Frost School of Music.
Currently, Tadao is an HMI fellow and Doctorate student at the Frost School of Music, studying with Ross Harbaugh, and a cellist with the Venice Symphony and the Palm Beach Symphony in Florida.
Some of Tadao's performance career highlights include: soloist with the Frost Symphony Orchestra with internationally renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz in Gusman Hall, Miami; a sextet performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House with acclaimed violist Atar Arad; as a member of the Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra in Miami, sharing stage with artists such as Maria Schneider, Shelly Berg, Jose Feliciano, Arturo Sandoval and Donny McCaslin in venues such as the Arsht Center and the Miami-Dade County Auditorium; performances in Mexico's Cervantino International Festival.