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As a composer and performer, Nelson Walker (b. 2000) values honest expression over all. Through his impassioned performance and composition style, he aims to foster human connection, promote awareness of social issues, and generally tell a good story to his audiences. 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.

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.