A native of Manchester, N.H., Roric Cunningham joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra cello section in August 2023 at Tanglewood. He began cello studies at age 12 and two years later started taking lessons at the Manchester Community Music with Harel Gietheim. In 2017, he won the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra competitions and subsequently performed with those orchestras. He has also appeared as soloist with the New Hampshire Philharmonic. Cunningham attended the National Youth Orchestra in 2018 and 2019, touring with the ensemble to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, and other cities around the world, playing at such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, LOTTE Concert Hall in Seoul, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. In 2020 and 2021, Roric attended the Heifetz Institute and in 2022 was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, playing under the batons of Gianandrea Noseda, Klaus Mäkelä, and Charles Dutoit. Cunningham received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Natasha Brofsky and Clara Kim.