2017 Round Top Music Festival
Mario Bastea-Forte, 21, is a junior cello performance at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alan Harris. Mario started playing the cello at age 11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he studied with Lisa Collins, David Schepps, and Joel Becktell. He previously attended the University of New Mexico for two years before transferring to Eastman in the fall of 2015. Mario enjoys performing new chamber and orchestral works, and performs regularly with OSSIA, Eastman's student-run new-music organization. In past summers he has attended the Interlochen, the Brevard Music Center, and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.