Native Houstonian, Omar Escobedo, began his musical journey playing violin at the age of 10 followed by cello and piano at the age of 15. As principal cellist and assistant principal for the section, Omar participated in the American Festival for the Arts Summer Music Conservatory early in his career. Omar went on to receive a scholarship to pursue his musical studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where he studied under the tutelage of renowned cellist Vagram Saradjian, a notable student of Mstilav Rostropovich. He will continue his studies in pursuit of a Masters of Music and has performed with the Moores School Symphony, Ballet, Chamber orchestras and as principal cellist for the Opera Orchestra.
Omar has performed in masterclasses for Istvan Vardai, Suren Bagratuni, and the Escher String Quartet during his undergraduate career. Omar is an active performer in and around the city of Houston including performances with the Galveston Symphony, Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Omar is an orchestral fellow for the Immanuel and Helen Texas Music Festival for June 2019.
Starting fall 2016, Omar has been working as a string intern for the Houston Youth Symphony’s Coda program, an El-Sistema based program in the Houston area. He is now a Teaching Artist for the program. He is also a sub for the Brazosport Symphony. Omar has been an active teacher throughout his music career in Houston.