|Title:||Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Woodwind Coordinator|
Matthew Nelson is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Utah Valley University. He holds the position of principal clarinet with the Utah Chamber Orchestra (Ballet West), and has also performed with the Houston and Utah Symphonies. His performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan include international competitions and premieres. He has been a Nova Chamber Music Series artist since 2011, and he also serves as artist/faculty at the Tuacahn Summer Symphonic Institute in St. George, UT. In 2013 he gave master classes and performed at the Instituto para el Desarrollo Musical in Castellón, Spain. Nelson has also performed at the Schumann Festival, the Gentse Vleugels Festival, the Utah Music Festival, the Beethoven Festival Park City, and the Park City International Music Festival, among others. He performed as part of the “American Professors Clarinet Ensemble” at the International Clarinet Association’s 2013 ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy.
An advocate of new music, Nelson has worked closely with many prominent contemporary composers, including Shulamit Ran, William O. Smith, Andrew Rathbun, Joël-François Durand, Bruce Quaglia, Morris Rosenzweig, Diane Thome, and Eric Flesher. He is a founding member of the Alpine Chamber Winds woodwind quintet, which has received critical acclaim for performances of works commissioned by the ensemble.
Nelson completed his doctoral work in clarinet performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2009 with his thesis, Morton Feldman’s Clarinet Works: A Study Through the Words of the Note Man. He received a MM in woodwind performance and a BA with distinction in English from the University of Washington. His principal teachers include Michael Webster, William McColl, Richard Gellman, and Scott Wright.
An avid outdoorsman, Nelson enjoys mountaineering, backpacking, fishing, biking, and backcountry skiing. His numerous forays into remote mountain ranges include the first ascent of an unnamed nunatak in the Centurion Group of the Canadian Selkirks. When away from the great outdoors, he takes pleasure in reading and writing, cooking, and, of course, music.
“The music was skillfully performed by Utah Valley University professor Matthew Nelson, who infused the music with impressive energy and tremendous dexterity. Nelson’s command of his instrument’s wide dynamic range and his impeccable intonation contributed to a forceful performance…”
—Matt Dixon, for Reichel Recommends