Lewis Nielson


Dr. Lewis Nielson (b. 1950) studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, Clark University in Massachusetts and the University of Iowa, receiving a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition in 1977. He is a member of the American Composers Alliance and his works, over seventy-five in number are published by Seesaw Music Corp. and through American Composers Edition. He has received numerous grants and awards for his works, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Delius Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Groupe de Music Experimentale de Bourges in France. He has received many commissions, including ones from the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the University of Georgia Bicentennial Commission and from many smaller important chamber ensembles and solo performers. His works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.

Among the more notable performances of his large works he has received have been performances of his Fantasia for solo percussionist and chamber orchestra by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, David Gilbert, Music Director and by the American Composer's Orchestra, Paul Dunkel, conductor, at Merkin Hall, New York City; Concerto for Solo Percussionist and Orchestra by the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and by the Fresno (CA) Philharmonic; and recent CD recording projects in which his new orchestral work Crosscurrents on the Vertical River was recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava, Slovak Republic" and his Procession for large orchestra to be recorded by the Czech Radio Orchestra, Prague, CR.

His chamber music and electronic compositions are equally widely performed and recorded, including his Fantasies for Soprano Saxophone and Tape and Surrealistic Portraiture for soprano saxophone and piano, both written for UGA faculty member Kenneth Fischer and recorded on separate compact disks released by ACA Digital Recordings, his Black Magic (Mojo Hand) for flute and piano recorded by UGA faculty members Julie Stone and Martha Thomas, also released as an ACA Digital Recordings, and his Valentine Mechanique for amplified cello and percussionist by Craig Hultgren and Michael Geary, which recently appeared on Innova CD Recordings. He is currently Professor and Chairman of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Georgia where he also directs the University of Georgia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

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