The Festival for Young Musicians and Dancers

Dr. Conor Robert Nelson - flute

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Dr. Conor Robert Nelson has received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and Stony Brook University where he was the winner of the school-wide concerto competitions at all three institutions. He is also a recipient of the Thomas Nyfenger Prize, the Samuel Baron Prize, and the Presser Award. His principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Linda Chesis and Susan Hoeppner. Conor is a Powell Flutes artist. He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he studies Iyengar Yoga with Laurie Blakeney.

Mr. Nelson has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, Izumi Hall. A recital at the Tokyo Opera City Hall too. He has also collaborated with Claude Frank on the Schneider concert series in NYC and has appeared at numerous chamber music festivals across the country including the OK Mozart, Bennington, Skaneateles, Yellow Barn, Cooperstown, Salt Bay, Look and Listen (NYC), Norfolk (Yale), Green Mountain, Chesapeake, and the Chamber Music Quad Cities series.

Solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony, and numerous other orchestras. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition. He recently performed two recitals in London, England and was featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase (WQXR New York), Minnesota Public Radio, WGTE Toledo and WGBH Boston Public Radio.

In demand as a pedagogue, Dr. Nelson has given master classes at over one hundred colleges, universities and conservatories. He is currently the Associate Professor of Flute at Bowling Green State University. Prior to this appointment he served as the Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University. Recent residencies include Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China, and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.