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

Awards & Reviews


with Meridian Arts Ensemble

ASCAP Chamber Music America First Prize, 1995/97(Award for Adventurous Programming)
Naumberg Competition Finalist, 1993
Concert Artists Guild First Prize, 1991
Channel Classics Recording Prize Co-winner, 1991
Artists International of New York First Prize, 1989
Chamber Music Chicago First Prize, 1989
Mary Flagler Cary Trust Recording Prize, 1994/96
Mary Flagler Cary Trust Commissioning Prize, 1995
Chamber Music America Residency Award, 1993
Chamber Music America Commissioning Prize, 1991/95
Lincoln Center Student Programs Commissioning Prize, 1991


"Jon Nelson performed a really intense and committed version of the (Berio) Sequenza for trumpet and resonance piano, technically amazing and with a great sense of acoustic space". La Jornada, Mexico City, August 1998

"A tour de force here is Jon Nelson's trumpet solo in (Frank Zappa's) Little House, which convincingly evokes the writhing guitar improvisation of the maestro himself." De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, November 1996

"Jon Nelson's sendup of Elvis mania, Song for a Dead King, is the highlight of the disc (Prime Meridian) - funny, intelligent, and pointed." Stereophile, 1995

"Arranger / trumpet player Jon Nelson demands a lot from his colleagues - no one's technical skills are in doubt after a run-through of one of his arrangements (Zappa and Hendrix)." CD Review, March 1994

"Stravinsky and Babbitt aside, the best composer here after Zappa and Beefheart is Nelson himself: his Song for a Dead King (the monarch being Elvis Presley) is in the spirit of Zappa both in its derision and in its exuberant solo writing. Paterson 2:35 is catchy, joyous and Latin." Gramophone, April 1996

"Lead trumpeter Jon Nelson's Fanfare for Nothing and Sleepless, both written during bouts of insomnia, sparkled with energy." Washington Post, March 1996

"Although these works sounded familiar, the rank of difficulty flew up by the minute to collapse in a capricious performance of The Black Page full of mean, fast, small notes. Trumpet player Jon Nelson played them with admirable ease, which won great enthusiasm from the audience who asked the Ensemble back for two encores." Brabants Dagblad, The Netherlands, November 1995