Nicholas Mariscal is a 24-year-old cellist currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music under the distinguished cellist (and Heifetz Institute faculty member) Ralph Kirshbaum. He received his Master's degree from USC in 2016, after earning his Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University. Nicholas has won a number of competitions and awards and has had numerous distinctions as a cellist, including concerto performances at the Aspen Music Festival, performing Tan Dun's Snow in June, and at Indiana University, performing Gubaidulina's Canticle of the Sun for solo cello and choir, as well as Beethoven's Triple Concerto. In addition to his recent First Place win of the 2017 Edith Knox Competition, he is the winner of the 2016 USC/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Mock Audition, leading to a performance as a member of the LACO cello section. He was the 3rd-place laureate of the 2014 Sphinx Competition in Detroit, and was also winner of the 2013 Indiana University Latin American Music Competition, which led to a commercially produced recording, Nubes Bajas: A Collection of Solo Cello Music from Latin America, as well as a solo recital at the Society of the Americas in New York City.