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Name  Jeff Nelsen
Education  McGill University
Music group  Canadian Brass

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Role  Professor ·
Albums  Swing That Music: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
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Jeff Nelsen (born December 11, 1969) is a Canadian French horn player and is Professor of Horn at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He has performed in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and National symphonies.


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Jeff is a horn player who has thrilled and inspired audiences and students around the world. While studying music at McGill University in Montreal, Jeff won an audition for an orchestra. He left school to take the position as fourth horn in the Winnipeg Symphony; the following year he won the audition for fourth horn in the Montreal Symphony.

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Since then, and for the past twenty years Jeff has been living his dreams full out and fearlessly. Jeff toured and recorded for eight years with Canadian Brass, he has performed recitals and concerti with orchestras in North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia, and he is a professor at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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Jeff’s biggest passion is talking others into reaching their dreams through what he calls Fearless Performance. The world agrees this is an important subject, as this is a topic on which Jeff recently gave a TEDx Talk. Other performing experiences for Jeff have included playing the full run of two Broadway shows ("Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Pirate Queen" - two of Broadway's most expensive flops – as a result, he's not allowed back there!), touring with Michael Bolton and Barry Manilow, recording dozens of movie soundtracks, and performing in the horn sections of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Montreal, Vancouver, and National Symphonies, and the Balkan Gypsy funk band of Slavic Soul Party. With Canadian Brass, Jeff has also performed with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the symphonies of Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, with the esteemed German, London, and El Sistema brass ensembles, and special annual concerts with the principal brass of the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. Most recently, in December, 2012, Jeff had a blast performing with the “Distant Worlds - Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Concert” in Chicago.

Jeff’s other most recent exciting accomplishment is becoming a magician member of the “Academy of Magical Arts” at the world famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Jeff helped design his own model of Dieter Otto horn (180KA-JN) and his own mouthpiece as well. Jeff gives back to the horn community as a member of the International Horn Society's advisory council and the board of directors for the International Horn Competition of America.

Media Links

  • TEDxBloomington -- Jeff Nelsen -- "Fearless Performance"
  • Fearless Performance for Musicians - Indiana Public Media
  • Brahms Horn Trio - Interview Video
  • Brahms Horn Trio - Performance Video
  • Jeff Nelsen plays Nagy's Happy Blues on french horn in Chile
  • Canadian Brass, Paganini Variations feat. Jeff Nelsen, horn
  • Jeff Nelsen was a huge hit as one of the featured artists at the 37th International Horn Society Symposium ( June 2005). He is one of the most dynamic individuals that I have ever worked with, and is among the finest horn players that I have ever heard. If you know Jeff, you are better for it. If you don’t know Jeff, you should.

    — Skip Snead, Director of the School of Music, University of Alabama

    Discography Selections

  • Brahms Horn Trio: Op. 40 w/Mozart Horn Quintet, adapted for Horn Trio by Tony Rickard 2010, Opening Day Records
  • The Planets with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Paavo Järvi, conductor 2009, Telarc
  • Pirate Queen, Original Broadway Cast Recording 2007, Sony Classics
  • Failure to Launch 2006, Paramount Pictures
  • Lucky Number Slevin 2006, Capitol Films
  • Stan Kenton Christmas Carols - Boston Brass and Friends 2006, Summit Classical
  • Stealth 2003, Hal Leonard DVD
  • Elizabeth Rex Soundtrack 2003, Rhombus Media
  • I Found Love Denzal Sinclaire 2002, Blue Note Records
  • Pitch Black 2000, Interscope Communications Pictures
  • The Bride of Chucky 1998, Midwinter Productions, Inc.
  • Air Bud 1997, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Berlioz Requiem Montréal Symphony Orchestra Charles Dutoit, conductor 1995, London/Decca
  • Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Montréal Symphony Orchestra Charles Dutoit, conductor 1994, London/Decca DVD
  • Recordings with Canadian Brass

  • Stars and Stripes- Canadian Brass Salute America 2010, Opening Day Records
  • Echo; Glory of Gabrieli
  • Swing That Music 2009, Opening Day Records
  • Legends 2008, Opening Day Records
  • Bach 2008, Opening Day Records
  • High Society 2007, Opening Day Records
  • Christmas Tradition 2007, Opening Day Records
  • And So It Goes, Giles Tomkins 2006, Opening Day Records
  • Magic Horn 2004, Opening Day Records
  • Amazing Brass 2002, Opening Day Records
  • Holidays with Canadian Brass 2000, Opening Day Records
  • References

    Jeff Nelsen Wikipedia

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