Brian was born in Madison, Wisconsin and received his Bachelor of Composition from the University of Michigan in 1990 where he studied with William Bolcom, William Albright and Nick Thorne. He completed a master’s degree in composition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in May 2000. He is a prolific composer of sacred music as well as chamber and orchestral works. Recent works include Elegiac Folk Song for French Horn and Piano – commissioned by Alice Codiek and premiered by her and Ellen Bottorff, piano; Ballade for Violin and Piano; Capriccio for Flute, Oboe and Piano to be premiered by Allégresse Trio, Responsorial Psalms for Advent and Christmas, a collection of responsories based on the Catholic lectionary. This year will see the release of two CDs of Brian’s work. The first is a collection of the responsorial psalms mentioned above, scheduled to be released in November, 2009. The second, entitled Vocalise, is slated for release on March 7, 2009, and will feature a complete representation of his output from chamber to choral to sacred music. Brian is currently a D.M.A. student in music composition at the University of Kansas School of Music, Lawrence, Kansas, where he studies with James Barnes. He is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Music Theory there and taught at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS prior to beginning his doctoral studies. A committed Catholic, Brian is known for his cheerful, professional approach. He works well with professionals, amateurs and young people, and feels a particularly strong commitment to local cultural life. firstname.lastname@example.org 785-218-9075 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BrianJNelson http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/BrianJNelson1
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Discover the exquisite Classical/Chamber compositions on the superb album, “Vocalise - Instrumental and Vocal Music of Brian J. Nelson.” As an inspired composer, Nelson has established reflective spiritual meditations throughout his CD with well produced vocals and instruments. The album starts with the song, “Vocalise for Solo Cello, Op. 1 (feat. Matthew Herren),” as one can sense the tender and heartfelt emotions that ring forth from the poignant cello as it plays a stirring melody. The choral composition, “Three Motets, Op. 7, No. I: Tears (feat. Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson, Amy Waldron, Paula Brekken, Leah Jenkins, Jay Van Blaricum, Jason Parr, Brady Shepherd, Benjamin Winters),” presents angelic voices that sing with divine tonality. The soothing piano caresses the emotive violin on, “Ballade for Violin and Piano, Op. 15 (feat. Ellen Bottorff, Tami Lee Hughes),” as this insightful song absorbs you into a calm and reserving mood. Let the beautiful works on the sweet and delicate album, “Vocalise - Instrumental and Vocal Music of Brian J. Nelson,” relax your mind and body while soothing your soul.
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