Worldwide ManagerPeter Railton
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Artistic Director, Soli Deo Gloria
Directeur Musical Honoraire, Orchestre de chambre de Paris
Internationally renowned for his interpretation of the large romantic repertoire, including the great works of Berlioz, John Nelson has conducted most of the world's top orchestras including the London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. John Nelson's varied repertoire has also taken him to many of the world's major opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric, the Opera Bastille and the Netherlands Opera.
12 Dec 2011
Two new DVDs featuring John Nelson have been released by Ideale Audience, Beethoven's Missa...
12 Dec 2011
With conductor John Nelson, you can turn off the automatic pilot that often takes over when orchestras play war horses such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He approached the Ninth — in particular...
14 Apr 2011
John Nelson recently conducted three acclaimed concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Evgeny Kissin.
The three concerts at Symphony Hall, Boston took place over 1 April to...
30 Sep 2010
Having recently conducted the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 5, John Nelson returns to Europe, touring with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra to Milan, Antwerp...
02 Jun 2010
ICA is delighted to announce the signing for worldwide management of conductor John Nelson.
Artistic director of Soli Deo Gloria and Directeur Musicale Honoraire of the Ensemble Orchestral...
Chicago Classical Review (Soli Deo Gloria, The Chicago Bach Project, Bach’s B Minor Mass) - Apr 2013
Mittelbadische Presse (Schnittke, Haydn, Part, Mozart, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra) - Mar 2013
New Zealand Herard (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra) - Jul 2012
Dallas News (Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Berlioz Te Deum and Mozart Symphony No 39) - Mar 2012
BBC Music Magazine (Missa Solemnis DVD, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gulbenkian Choir) - Mar 2012
Opera News (Missa Solemnis DVD, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gulbenkian Choir) - Feb 2012
Gramophone Magazine (Missa Solemnis DVD, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Gulbenkian Choir) - Feb 2012
Le Figaro (L'Enfance du Christ, The Ensemble Orchestral de Paris)
Gramophone Magazine (Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini, Virgin Classics)
The Sunday Times (UK) (Beatrice et Benedict, Welsh National Opera)
Fanfare Magazine (L'Allegro, il penseroso ed it moderator (Virgin Classics))
Internationally renowned for his interpretation of the large romantic repertoire, including the great works of Berlioz, John Nelson has conducted most of the world's top orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. John Nelson's varied repertoire has also taken him to many of the world's major opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric, Opéra National de Paris and the Netherlands Opera.
Central to John Nelson's work is the interpretation of the great sacred choral literature. He is presently conducting a series of live DVD performances of this repertoire including Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Netherlands Radio Kammerphilharmonie and Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Grammy for his recording of Handel's Semele on the Deutsche Grammophon label and a Diapason d'Or de l'Année for Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict on Erato.
Born in Costa Rica, John Nelson studied at the Juilliard School, New York, where he won the Irving Berlin prize in conducting. He has held the title of Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Caramoor Music Festival in New York. From 1998 to 2008 he was Directeur Musicale of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Artistic Adviser to the Nashville and Louisville Orchestras.
John Nelson made his professional opera debut at the New York City Opera in Bizet’s Carmen and his Metropolitan Opera debut stepping in at short notice to replace an indisposed Rafael Kubelik in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. It was this occasion that catapulted him into the limelight and led to his European debut at Grand Théâtre de Genève for Les Troyens and his French debut at the Berlioz Festival, Lyon for a production of Béatrice et Bénédict.
Recent and future engagements include Boston Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Cincinnati Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras. Opera engagements include performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève of Weber’s Der Freischütz and Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, Les Troyens and Mozart’s Idomeneo at Netherlands Opera and at La Monnaie Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.
Orchestre et Choeur de l’Orchestre de Paris
Released on Virgin Classics, 2001
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Christine Brandes, Lynne Dawson, David Daniels, Ian Bostridge, Alastair Miles
Released on Virgin Classics, 2000
Orchestre National De France
Gregory Kunde, Patrizia Ciofi, Joyce di Donato, Jean-François Lapointe, Laurent Naouri, Renaud Delaigue
Released on Virgin Classics, 2004
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Choer d’Oratorio de Paris
Guylaine Girard, Marijana Mijanovic, Donald Litaker, Hao Jiang Tian
Released on Naive, 2006