In addition to his work at Simply Strings studio Greg Nelson also holds the position of professor of cello studies at St. Cloud State University. He has extensive experience as a teacher including 4 years at St. Cloud State as well as no less than ten years teaching in the Twin Cities metro, as well as Northfield and Indiana where he attended school at Ball State University for one year. Mr. Nelson currently holds the position of Principal cellist in the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Linden Hills Chamber ensemble as well as the Lirica Chamber Ensemble. He also has held this position with the St. Olaf orchestra (’04-’05), University of Minnesota Symphony (’07) and Ball State Symphony (’05) as well as the Muncie Civic Symphony orchestra in Muncie, Indiana. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra (Shostakovich Concerto ‘05) and St. Cloud Symphony orchestra (Elgar Concerto ‘09).
Mr. Nelson earned his bachelor’s degree in cello performance from St. Olaf College Northfield, MN) under the study of Dr. David Carter, and after a brief period at Ball State University (Muncie, IN) in 2006 with Mr. Mihai Tetel, eventually received his Master’s degree in Cello performance from the Unviersity of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) with Prof. Tanya Remenikova. He enjoys an active chamber music career and is a founding member of the Urthema String Quartet (performing in the Twin Cities Metro) and Rosamunde String Quartet (Comprised of St. Cloud State Univ. faculty members) as well as a soloist in varied settings most recently as soloist with the St. Cloud State Symphony Orchestra playing Elgar’s Cello concerto in E minor. Greg is also a proponent of new and alternative music and has appeared as soloist in the Theater Mu production of Bahala Na in 2007 and is currently working on a project for solo cello and electronic music with St. Cloud State composition faculty member Brett Wartchow.
As an educator Greg teaches all age levels and abilities from the very beginner to the performance major in college. His teaching philosophy is founded on three main pillars: Learning a musical instrument should be taken seriously but also must be taught and practiced in a healthy manner both physically and mentally and in order for both of these conditions to be met playing must be enjoyable for both teacher and student. He uses the repertoire from the Suzuki books and although he is familiar with it does not teach the Suzuki method. He has studied the Alexander technique extensively with various teachers and has plans to become certified as a teacher himself in the future. In addition to his classical career Greg explores many different styles of string playing including jazz improvisation, bluegrass, folk and percussive elements. See videos and recording of Mr. Nelson on the St. Cloud
State youtube channel, and on his website at gregnelsoncello.com.
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