Nygel Witherspoon began studying the cello with his first teacher, David Holmes, when he was three years old. He enjoys playing chamber music and was coached for four years by Bruce Coppock. He has played in lessons and masterclasses for Peter Wiley, Anthony Ross, Benjamin Zander, Arek Tesarcyzk, and Amit Peled. In 2016, he won the MNSOTA String Competition, and performed the first movement of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He was also a featured artist on MPR’s Minnesota Varsity in 2017. Nygel made his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra on October 7th, 2017, playing the first movement of the Dvorak Concerto at the Send Me Hope concert under conductor Roderick Cox. He soloed with them again in July, 2018, performing Faure’s Elegie at the Courage and Triumph concert. This year, he won the Junior division of the Sphinx Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He is currently attending the University of Minnesota as a PSEO student, studying cello performance with Tanya Remenikova. He performs on a cello generously donated by the Virtu Foundation.