Adjunct Instructor of Cello
Pinnell Jackson has won prizes in national and international competitions and
performed in major
concert halls in the United States, Europe, and former Soviet Union. She studied primarily with Peter
Howard, duo partner to Pinchas Zukerman, and received additional training from Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Carr,
Truls Mork, Pincas Zukerman, Leonard Slatkin, and Bernard Greenhouse. College studies began at age
14 as assistant principal cellist at the University of Wisconsin. Among her accomplishments at the
University of Wisconsin include touring with the top string quartet and performing in Carnegie Hall.
Her Bachelor or Music degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy was awarded with honors from Arizona
has been featured as a soloist in multiple CDs including Film da Fronteira with Zone Azul, Sisters at
Play with Claudine Bigelow, Wings of Song with Jenny Oaks, Sketches with Emmy Award winning composer
Kurt Bestor, and a Pearl Award winning CD with Jenny Jordan Frogley. A CD for EMI records, due to be
released in 2011, is comprised of classical cello works with virtuoso pianist Jed Moss.
has served as a cellist in the Utah Symphony and principal cellist for the
Ballet West Orchestra.
Nicole is a frequent contributor to chamber music in Utah. In addition to performing frequently on
chamber music programs, she was a founding member of the Escalante Piano Trio with Donna Fairbanks
and Jeffrey Shumway. She plays regularly for NonStop, Soularium, Platinum, Counterpoint, Rosewood,
LDS Motion Picture Studios and Edwin Merril Productions, which produce music for film scores, CDs,
commercials and radio.
has been teaching cello since 1984.
Currently she teaches at Utah Valley University in addition to
maintaining a private studio in Salt Lake City. She has also been on the faculty of the Waterford School,
Brigham Young University, and Weber State University. She served as cello coordinator for the Suzuki
Association of Utah for several years. Student achievements include competition prizes, scholarship awards,
CD publications, and successful professional careers.
diverse interests and talent have brought her on stage with Joshua Bell, Joseph
O’Connor, Led Zeplin, Quincy Jones, Keith Lockhart, Jim Brickman, Yo-Yo Ma, Air Supply, Donny Osmond,
David Archuletta, and Jeff Hamilton, to name a few. On film she appeared in The Assignment as well as
documentaries for Josh Groban, Disney musicians, Warner Brothers, and the American Soviet Youth Orchestra.