Parker Nelson is a horn player currently based in the greater Chicago area. As a fervent soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, Parker has given performances in six countries on four continents. Parker is a dynamic soloist, frequently performing in concerts and recitals and has recently appeared with the DePaul University Chamber Orchestra and New England Repertory Orchestra. Awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in 2014, Parker has studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performed under such prolific conductors as Andris Nelsons, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Stephane Denéve, Marcelo Lehninger, Stephan Asbury, and many others. Parker also performs with a variety of professional orchestras that include multiple appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others. He recently premiered works by American composers Augusta Reed Thomas and Thomas Weaver. Parker’s primary teachers have been soloist and chamber musician, Eric Ruske, James Smelser, Second Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and, Dale Clevenger, former Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
An active educator, Parker has given lectures and master classes at a variety of events throughout the United States. He particularly enjoys community outreach such as making appearances at local institutions and inspiring the next generation of musicians, as well as teaching individual lessons out of his private studio. Parker credits his love of education to his membership and close relationships with organizations such as the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan.
Parker is an ardent fan of the Green Bay Packers and loves supporting them at his favorite Chicago bar, Will’s Northwoods Inn in Lakeview.
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