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John Nelson

  • Conductor


The distinguished conductor John Nelson is internationally renowned for his interpretation of large Romantic works including the great works of Berlioz. Central to John Nelson’s work is the great sacred choral literature. John Nelson holds the title of Directuer Musicale Honoraire of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Artistic Director of Soli Deo Gloria.
Born in Costa Rica, John Nelson studied at the Juilliard School 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 St. Louis, and Caramoor Music Festival in New York. From 1998 to 2008 he was Directeur Musicale of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. He has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Artistic Adviser to the Nashville and Louisville Orchestras. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Grammy for his recording of Handel Semele on the Deutsche Grammophon label.