Holly Nelson, Violin

Holly NelsonHolly teaches for the Greenwich Suzuki Academy and the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music. She also maintains a private studio in NYC. Holly began her own Suzuki studies through the Community School of Arts at the University of Connecticut and later at the Hartt School of Music. She later received her Suzuki Teacher Training from Allen Lieb, Chair of the Violin Committee of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, through the School For Strings in Manhattan.

Holly began her violin studies at age 3. She made her orchestral debut in Connecticut at age 14 performing Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin with the Willimantic Philharmonic as the Grand Prize Winner of their Young Artist Concerto Competition. She completed her Bachelors Degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City as a scholarship student of Ann Setzer. She has also studied privately with Stephan Picard in Courchevel, France at the Music Alp festival, with Stephan Hempel and Mywany Ellen Penny in Berlin, and with Curtis Macomber and Grigory Kalinovsky in New York. She was also a scholarship student of Ann Setzer at the Meadowmount School of Music for many summers. She has performed in master classes for soloist James Ehnes, Wen Qian and Garett Fischbach (members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Sally Thomas, Charles Avsharian, and Stephen Tieszen. In 2010, she toured China with the Manhattan Symphony as principal second violinist for one month, performing in more than 30 cities. The tour was televised throughout China.

Holly is an avid performer of contemporary music. She recently performed in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial (2010) alongside Grammy Award-winning opera singer Stefanos Koroneos as part of conceptual artist Rashaad Newsome’s music and performance-art piece “FIVE.” She also recently performed in a concert curated by David Lang, co-founder of the Bang On A Can Festival, performing new works by composer Jherek Bischoff (2012). In 2012 she also recorded the debut CD of Mohammed Fairouz’s Opera, Sumeida’s Song, as a member of the MIMESIS ensemble. The CD was recorded and produced by Grammy Award-winning sound engineer David Starobin. She also performed the work’s New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the MIMESIS ensemble in 2012.

Along with classical music, Holly enjoys performing in a wide variety of genres, including jazz, country fiddle, rock and pop. As an electric violinist, she was recently featured as the guest solo artist at the Red Cross’ Annual Red Ball in Philadelphia. She was also a featured soloist at the North American Hair Association’s annual runway fashion show, held in Palm Springs, CA, where she performed for a crowd of more than 10,000 (2011).

Holly Nelson resides in New York City, where she is an active freelancer and enthusiastic concert attendee.