Nicole Cherry, violin

Cherry, Nicole

Dr. Nicole Cherry is Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Texas at San Antonio and second violinist of the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet. Dr. Cherry currently holds the appointment of Faculty Fellow for Faculty Success by the Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Dr. Cherry has held artist-teacher residencies at Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M, University of Washington, and Brown University where she, with the quartet, trains promising string players of all ages. Dr. Cherry has performed extensively in distinguished venues including the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, and the Banff Centre. A solo tour of the Middle East and Asia included performances before the Queen Noor of Jordan and in underdeveloped townships in Johannesburg during Apartheid. Dr. Cherry serves as artistic director of the Marian Anderson String Quartet Chamber Music Institute held in the Brazos Valley, Texas. In recognition of this outreach with the quartet, Dr. Cherry garnered two Mayoral Proclamations, the Congress of Racial Equality’s MLK JR. Award for Outstanding Arts Achievement and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award and after a recent visit the quartet was given the Arkansas Traveler, the highest distinction of the Arkansas House of Representatives. A regular presenter on diversity, community engagement and the performing arts, Dr. Cherry has given talks some of the leading arts conferences such as American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Education, the American Musicological Society in addition to TED Talk. Dr. Cherry’s award-winning research on the nineteenth-century Afro-European violin virtuoso, George Bridgetower has led to engagements in some of world’s most prestigious institutions including University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Sydney Conservatory of Music (AU), Cambridge University (UK), the Royal Academy of Music (UK) and the Juilliard School. Her work has expanded into a commissioning project, ForgewithGeorge which has engaged some of today’s most exciting composers. The Juilliard School profiled Dr. Cherry in the Journal’s 100th-anniversary issue, “A Quiet Revolution: Juilliard Alumni and the Transformation of Education in America Through the Arts.” Dr. Cherry holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Peabody Conservatory, the Shepherd School of Music and the Juilliard School.