Nicole Cherry is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School, having earned a Master’s of Music in violin performance as a student of the late Stephen Clapp. Ms. Cherry’s training has further exposed her to the teaching and mentorship of great artists such as the Guarneri String Quartet, pianist, Samuel Sanders, Isidore Cohen, Erick Friedman, Joseph Fuchs, Felix Galimir, and Jaap Schroeder. She has performed in ensembles conducted by Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, and as concertmaster under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. Comfortable in various styles of music, Ms. Cherry has shared the stage with a diverse list of artists such as members of prestigious chamber ensembles; the Colorado Quartet, Audubon Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and the Cleveland Quartet as well behind great jazz and pop artists such as pianist Stanley Cowell, Brother Ah’s World Music Ensemble, Ann Hampton Callaway, and the late Whitney Houston.
Ms. Cherry has performed in renowned venues such as the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Smithsonian Institute. Ms. Cherry’s performances in Europe, the Middle East and Asia include a tour as a featured concerto soloist in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and South Africa. Performing before under-developed townships during the Apartheid was a poignant part of the experience. As a Teaching Artist, Ms. Cherry has worked with many national organizations including Brown University, Texas A&M University, University of Washington, the Wortham Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her research on the 19th century Afro-European violin virtuoso, George Bridgetower led to a 2017 commission from Berklee College composer, David Wallace and her world premiere for speaking, singing, solo violinist, utilizing the text of Pulitzer Prize winning, Poet Laureate, Rita Dove from her book, Sonata Mulattica.
Ms. Cherry is currently the second violinist of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet, the first African American ensemble in history to win a classical music competition. Based in College Station, Texas, the quartet is in its 10th year of directing the Marian Anderson String Quartet Community Music School and Summer Chamber Music Institute. With performance venues that range from the 1993 Presidential Inaugural and the Library of Congress to soup kitchens and juvenile correctional facilities, the Marian Anderson String Quartet continues to uphold its mission to create new and diverse audiences. The Quartet has garnered praise championing many of today’s leading African American composers such as Alvin Singleton, William Banfield, Frederick Tillis, Adolphus Hailstork, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. The Marian Anderson String Quartet’s commitment to music education and sustaining the legacy of Marian Anderson has garnered many honors including the coveted Congress of Racial Equality’s MLK JR. C.O.R.E Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Artist Residency Award. The Quartet’s artistic endeavors have brought them to venues such as New York City’s Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, The Ravinia Festival, the Fischoff Chamber Music Foundation, Washington DC area’s Strathmore Hall, and a most recently presented TED Talk hosted by Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. Following a featured article in Chamber Music America Magazine, the quartet was selected to present a session at the 39th Annual Chamber Music America Conference in New York City, discussing the significance and benefits of a successful artist residency.
Ms. Cherry is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at Texas Tech University School of Music under the tutelage of Annie Chalex Boyle.