Photo: Jake Anderson 2018

Photo: Jake Anderson 2018

Theodore Nelson

Theodore Nelson is a member of the cello section in the Cincinnati  Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to this engagement, Mr. Nelson served as  Associate Principal cellist of the Kansas City Symphony for five  seasons, and he has also been a member of the Akron Symphony and  Toledo Symphony Orchestras in Ohio.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Nelson has been a member and artistic director of concert:nova for the pat 10 seasons. He has performed at the Kneisel  Hall Festival in Blue Hill Maine, the Utah Music Festival, and the  Johannesen International School of the Arts and Scotia Festival in  Canada.  While in Kansas City, he performed for the Ruel Joyce  Recital Series, the Summerfest Chamber Music series, and was a  regular participant with the New Ear Contemporary Music Ensemble.  He  has regularly contributed to the Summerfest Chamber Music series as  the cellist during the fourth week of the festival.  He is a regular participant in the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players series, and has appeared as guest artist at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

A native of Vermont, he received his Bachelor of Music degree at the  Eastman School of Music and his Master of Music degree at the  Cleveland Institute of Music, where he performed Strauss’ Don Quixote  as soloist with the CIM Symphony Orchestra. In 1995, he was invited  to participate in the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists at the  University of Southern California.  His teachers include Alan Harris,  Pamela Frame and Elsa Hilger.