Conor Nelson ’05MM has been appointed Assistant Professor of Flute in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University commencing Fall, 2011.
Canadian flutist Conor Nelson gave his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since appeared frequently as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony; at the Banff Centre; and with numerous other orchestras. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize in the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize in the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition.
As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano Duo. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for their genre, the duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall, and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada. A recent recital at the Tokyo Opera City Hall was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television, and the duo recently released a CD on New Focus Recordings.
With the Intrada Winds he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions and performed at several prestigious concert venues throughout the United States. He is a regular guest at the Chamber Music Quad Cities series and has appeared at the OK Mozart, Yellow Barn, Look and Listen (NYC), Norfolk, Chesapeake, Aspen, Banff, and Okemo Mountain festivals.
A dedicated artist teacher of flute, Conor is currently the Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University. Having previously taught at Stony Brook University, he has also given master classes at schools such as the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Manhattan School of Music, Louisiana State University, the University of Iowa, the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State, Pennsylvania State, the University of Oklahoma, the Long Island Conservatory, Illinois State, the University of Kansas and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory among several others. He has also served as guest faculty at the International Flute Institute at the New York Summer Music Festival.
He received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and Stony Brook University, and he was the winner of the school-wide concerto competitions at all three institutions. He is also a recipient of the Thomas Nyfenger Prize, the Samuel Baron Prize, and the Presser Award. His principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Linda Chesis, and Susan Hoeppner.