Nicole Cherry is the second violinist of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet. The quartet has toured the globe playing concerts upholding their mission of “creating new and diverse audiences” exposing thousands each year to the magic of great music. With the quartet, Ms. Cherry has garnered many honors including winning 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. And for the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary in 2006, Ms. Cherry was profiled in the Juilliard Journal’s “A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and the Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts.”
Ms. Cherry has performed as a soloist and chamber music in such venues as the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has performed in Europe, the Middle East and Asia including a tour as a featured concerto soloist in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and South Africa. The tour in South Africa offered the opportunity to share music with many underdeveloped townships during Apartheid.
As a member of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, 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, the Smithsonian and a most recently presented TedTalk hosted by Blinn College, in Bryan, Texas.
Ms. Cherry is a graduate of the Juilliard School having earned a Master of Music in violin performance as a student of the late Stephen Clapp. Ms. Cherry’s training has 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.
Currently in residence in Lubbock, Texas, Ms. Cherry recently performed at the 2018 African American Lecture Series in the Texas Tech University’s Allen Theater, sponsored by the President’s Office followed by a featured interview segment on Lubbock, Texas’ NPR Station, KTTZ. Ms. Cherry is the 2018 recipient of Texas Tech University’s Paul Whitfield Horn Award and the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award.