The College of Arts and Architecture

Conor Nelson, flute: Masterclass and Recital

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 6:30pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

Free Admission

Bowling Green State University faculty member Conor Nelson presents a guest masterclass for Penn State flute students at 6:30 p.m., followed by a full recital at 8:00 p.m. He is joined by pianist Thomas Rosencranz. Both events are open to the public.

Conor NelsonCanadian flutist Conor Nelson gave his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since appeared frequently as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad. Recent solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony, and numerous other orchestras. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition. In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition. He was recently featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase (WQXR New York), Minnesota Public Radio, and WGBH Boston Public Radio.

As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist, Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano Duo. Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for their genre, the duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, The Tokyo Opera City Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall, and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada. He has also collaborated with Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Spencer Myer, Colin Carr, Jesse Levine, and the Biava and Calder string quartets. With the Intrada Winds, he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions, and he performed at several prestigious concert series throughout the United States. As an orchestral flutist, he has worked with the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Tulsa Symphony as well as prestigious summer programs including the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen, Banff, and Brevard summer music festivals.

A dedicated artist teacher of flute, Conor is currently an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University. He previously taught at Oklahoma State University and Stony Brook University. He has also given masterclasses at the University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, Manhattan School of Music, and Lawrence University Conservatory among others. He has also served as guest faculty at the International Flute Institute at the New York Summer Music Festival and the Texas Summer Flute Symposium.

Nelson received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, and Stony Brook University where he was the winner of the school-wide concerto competitions at all three institutions. He is also a recipient of the Thomas Nyfenger Prize, the Samuel Baron Prize, and the Presser Award.  His principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Ransom Wilson, Linda Chesis and Susan Hoeppner.

Pianist Thomas Rosenkranz is currently an associate professor at Bowling Green State University where he teaches piano, chamber music and leads the Thomas Rosenkranzimprovisation collective The Combustible Arts Ensemble.

He enjoys a musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist teacher. Since winning the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association, his concert career has taken him to four continents. His repertoire extends from the works of Johann Sebastian Bach to premieres of works written exclusively for him, often including improvisation into his performances.

During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of Asia including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Bangkok. His first trip to China began in 2006 when he was a featured soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra and, since then, he has returned annually. His 2013 visit included a nine-city tour including solo performances in the Grand Theatres of Ningbo, Hangzhou, and Wenzhou.

During the summers, Rosenkranz is in residence at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy where he engages pianists in the performance of new music. In 2010, he co-founded Musicians from soundSCAPE with percussionist Aiyun Huang and vocalist Tony Arnold, highlighting the commissioned works of the festival in concert and in recordings. He also continues to perform with the two piano/two percussion ensemble, Hammer/Klavier which recently commissioned a large-scale work by Paul Lansky entitled Textures.

In addition to his work in western art music, Mr. Rosenkranz continues to explore multi-cultural projects. He was named a Cultural Ambassador sponsored by the United States Department of State in 2003, and he has traveled to Tunisia more than a dozen times to teach, collaborate, and perform with local Tunisian musicians at such festivals as the Carthage International and the Tabarka Jazz Festival.

He has been appointed to visiting residencies and professorships at the Sichuan Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, University of California at San Diego, and the Higher Institute de Musique Tunis among others. He has taught masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, Tunghai University (Taiwan), Idllwyld Arts Academy, and the Oberlin Conservatory. Prior to his appointment at BGSU, he was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Rosenkranz completed an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied with Robert Shannon and earned his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Nelita True. On behalf of the Presser Foundation, he studied with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris.