Jeff Nelsen’s fearless performances have delighted audiences for over two decades. He is best known as the hornist of the world famous Canadian Brass, with whom he toured and recorded for 8 years. As a horn soloist, he has performed concerti with orchestra, and his uniquely engaging recitals on five continents.
Jeff has performed with dozens of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, and National Symphonies, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, and the Canadian and New York City Opera Companies. Jeff has held positions in the Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras. Nelsen performed the complete run of two shows on Broadway and toured with popular entertainers including Michael Bolton and Barry Manilow.
Mr. Nelsen has an extensive discography ranging from film, TV, Broadway show and video game soundtracks, pop and jazz music, solos, chamber, symphonic, and operatic repertoire.
Jeff has been an inspirational teacher for twenty years. In his role as Professor of Horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Jeff teaches horn, coaches chamber music, and mentors people in his “Fearless Performance” approaches and techniques.
Jeff’s teaching style is unique, having won his first professional audition in his third year of university. He is a master performer, and his effectiveness as a teacher reflects his deep obsession and understanding of how to succeed in our performance-based society. Through his extensive teaching and performing experiences, Jeff shares wonderful inspiration and instruction in his online newsletter, “Get Fearless”. It is a free publication, with sign-up on his website home page.
Jeff grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada with opera singing pig farming parents. He is married to mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen. Jeff can’t seem to escape singers! These strong vocal influences on his music-making give Jeff his signature sound and singing approach to his teaching and horn playing.
Aside from creating musical magic, Jeff is an enthusiastic magician, and often adds touches of illusionary arts to performances.
Jeff shares his passion and insight for fearless performance through his “Fearless Performance for Musicians” seminars and lectures world-wide.