John Wilton Nelson (born December 6, 1941, San José, Costa Rica, of American dad and mom) is an American conductor. His dad and mom have been Protestant missionaries.
Nelson and his spouse Anita had two daughters, Kari, and Kirsten. Anita Nelson died in October 2012. Nelson now lives in Florida together with his daughter, Kirsten, and her household, in addition to in Costa Rica.
Nelson’s curiosity in choral music led to his place as inventive director of Soli Deo Gloria.
Nelson was music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 1987, making business recordings there of music by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Charles Martin Loeffler for New World Records. With Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, he was music director from 1985 to 1988, and principal conductor from 1988 to 1991. He was additionally music director of the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, New York, from 1983 to 1990. In 1998, Nelson turned music director of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (now renamed the Orchestre de chambre de Paris), a place he retained for ten years.
Nelson studied at Wheaton College and later on the Juilliard School of Music with Jean Morel. Nelson was music director of the Greenwich Philharmonia and the New Jersey Pro Arte, and likewise served on the conducting employees of the Metropolitan Opera. In 1973, he performed his New York City opera debut at Carnegie Hall in an uncut efficiency of Berlioz’s Les Troyens. With the Metropolitan Opera, his skilled opera conducting debut was additionally with Les Troyens, on someday’s discover as an emergency substitute for Rafael Kubelík.
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