Nicholas Mariscal is a 26-year-old cellist and recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received both his Master of Music degree and Graduate Certificate studying with distinguished cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2014 he received his Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University under the tutelage of Eric Kim. He has won numerous competitions and awards, including 3rd Prize in the 2014 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, as well as 1st Prize in the 2017 Edith Knox Competition in Los Angeles. In November of 2018, Nicholas made his professional concerto debut, performing the Khachaturian Concerto-Rhapsody with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in addition to performing the work with the New World Symphony in Miami as the winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition. He has given additional concerto performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Indiana University, and with the Peninsula Symphony. Additionally, he has won the USC/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Mock Audition, leading to performances with LACO as a member of its cello section. Nicholas also won the Indiana University Latin American Music Center Recording Competition, resulting in a commercially produced recording and a solo recital in New York City at the Americas Society. An ardent performer of new and lesser-known music, his recording, Nubes Bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America, includes seldom-performed unaccompanied cello works by 20th and 21st century Latin American composers. He has also performed concertos by living composers such as Tan Dun and Sofia Gubaidulina, and has played extensively with contemporary music ensembles including the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and USC Thornton Edge. Since the Fall of 2018, Mariscal has been a Fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami.