Jon Nelson

Professor of Music

Trumpet Performance

Director, UB Concert Band
Director, Genkin Philharmonic

B.M. The Juilliard School

216 Baird Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

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Jon Nelson

Jon Nelson discusses the concert band's thought-provoking repertoire and professional work ethic, and the importance of establishing a musical presence in Buffalo.

Assistant Professor of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and UB's Brass Area Coordinator, Jon Nelson maintains an active career as performer, producer and collaborator. He is a founding member of the internationally recognized Meridian Arts Ensemble, and has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers, most notably Milton Babbitt and Frank Zappa.

Jon has been instrumental in the commissioning of over sixty new works for trumpet in various ensembles, and his arrangements have been performed and recorded by the Cologne Stadt Ballet, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Lake George Opera, Ethos Percussion Quartet, Lark Quartet, and Dweezil Zappa. He is also the founder of The Consortium for New Trumpet Music, which seeks to create new music for trumpet in a variety of contexts, and is the Managing Director of Blue Bison Music.

With the Meridian Arts Ensemble, he records exclusively for Channel Classics and 8bells Records. As an independent artist, he has produced two solo recordings for 8bells Records; Gran Calavera Electrica and Metalofonico!. He is currently producing a series of compact disc recordings for 8bells that feature contemporary and newly commissioned works for brass. He can be heard on over 30 other recordings with various ensembles.

He served as Principal Trumpet for the Festival Orchestra d'Aix en Provence in France under the direction of Pierre Boulez (2000), and the Mineria Festival Orchestra in Mexico City (1998). Jon has also appeared with the Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Active in the field of education, he has recently performed and taught numerous festivals including the Meridian Seminar @ ECU, Bar Harbor Brass Week, Wellesley Composers Conference, Atlantic Brass Seminar, June in Buffalo, and the Festival Centro Historico in Mexico City. He has presented numerous masterclasses in the US, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Taiwan, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and Costa Rica. He currently is Teacher of Trumpet at Princeton University, and has also taught at Boston University, Hartt College, and Middlebury College.

Jon is also active as a freelance musician in the New York City area. He has appeared in Broadway orchestra pits of Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd St., Nine, Man of LaMancha, The King and I, Camelot, and Crazy for You. He was also a member of the Tom Pierson Orchestra, and the Kirk Nurock Big Band. Most recently, Jon has also been a co-curator of FONT – the Festival of New Trumpet Music, a month long festival of contemporary trumpet music in New York City.

Jon Nelson holds a B.M. from The Juilliard School where he studied with Mark Gould.

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