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Nicholas Mariscal is a 21-year-old cellist currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of distinguished cellist Eric Kim. He has won numerous competitions and awards and has had many distinctions as a cellist, most notably including 3rd place senior division laureate in the 2014 Sphinx Competition.

A native of Tucson, Arizona, Nicholas won a medal each year he participated in the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, including two gold medals and two concerto performances with the orchestra. In addition, he won concerto competitions of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, leading to solo performances with both orchestras.

Nicholas is an alumnus of the Interlochen Arts Camp, where he was a member of the prestigious World Youth Symphony Orchestra for two summers. He was principal cellist of the orchestra for five of the twelve weeks he attended the camp, leading the cello section under such distinguished conductors as David Effron, JoAnn Falletta, and Jung-Ho Pak. He was awarded a prize in music for cello both summers he was there.

In the Jacobs School of Music, Nicholas has had numerous successes and important performances. In 2010, he was one of twelve music students awarded the Jacobs Scholarship, the largest scholarship awarded at the Jacobs School. He is currently the principal cellist of the school’s top orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also served as principal of the school’s Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble. Recently, he has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with an Ad Hoc orchestra, as well as Sofia Gubaidulina’s Cello Concerto “Canticle of the Sun” with the Jacobs School’s Contemporary Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Dominick DiOrio.

While at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013 as cellist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Nicholas performed Tan Dun’s “Snow in June,” a concerto for cello and four percussionists. In 2013, he won the Jacobs School Latin American Music Center’s Recording Competition, allowing him the opportunity to perform a full recital of music for unaccompanied cello by 20th-century Latin American composers as well as to professionally record the repertoire. The CD, “Nubes Bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America,” was released in Fall of 2013 and is available on CD Baby and through the IU Jacobs School Marketplace.
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