2015 Heifetz Institute alumnus Nicholas Mariscal is a 22-year-old cellist currently pursuing his graduate degree at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music under the distinguished cellist (and Heifetz Institute faculty member) Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2014, he received his 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 both as a cellist and a composer.
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. As a member of the inaugural Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar at the Heifetz Institute, Nick was a frequent performer both in the “Stars of Tomorrow” concerts of the 2015 Festival of Concerts of the Heifetz International Music Institute, as well as a mainstay of the brand-new “Heifetz Hootenannies” in and around downtown Staunton, Va.
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.