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As a composer and performer, Nelson Walker (b. 2000) values honest expression over all. In his music, he rejects elitism and pomposity, opting instead simply to tell a good story. He currently studies composition at the University of Colorado with Nathan Hall, and has also studied with Egemen Kesikli and Carter Pann, a 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

In 2019, Nelson’s work Shadows of Clouds was selected for performance by the Carpe Diem String Quartet at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Nelson’s compositions have also 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.

Nelson has studied cello with Charles Lee. He currently plays with the Flamingo String Quartet as well as with the CU Symphony Orchestra, and has also played with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. Nelson was especially honored to be selected as principal cellist in the 2017 Colorado All State Symphony Orchestra.

Outside of classical music, Nelson can be found performing as a musical improviser with Playback Theatre West and CU Playback, as well as freelancing with local singer-songwriters in the myriad breweries across the Front Range.