Nelson is a composer and cellist from Longmont, Colorado. He is currently getting his BM in Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying with Dr. Carter Pann, a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
In the past, Nelson has studied cello with Dr. Charles Lee. He has played with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, as well as served as principal cellist for the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra for their 2016-2017 season.
Nelson has been honored to be selected as principal cellist in the 2017 Colorado All State Symphony, section cellist and masterclass participant in the 2016 Western States Chamber Orchestra, as well as a participant in other festivals and masterclasses around Colorado. Nelson's compositions have been selected for performance in both the 2017 and 2018 Colorado Composers Concerts by the Playground Ensemble in Denver, as well as in the Pendulum New Music concert series at CU Boulder.
Outside of classical music, Nelson can be found performing as a musical improviser with Playback Theatre West, and as a freelancer around the Denver-Boulder area with musicians such as Anthony Salvo and Sean Flynn.