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Laura Nelson


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Laura Nelson is an accomplished professional alphorn specialist based in Pennsylvania, USA.  For over 25years, she has had the opportunity to be a part of many fabulous ensembles and recording projects as well as many national and international live performances and competitions, including many alphorn competitions in Switzerland, most notably a 2nd place soloist win at Le Festival International de Cor des Alpes de Nendaz.  

Ms Nelson’s acclaimed professionalism focuses on expanding the artistic potential of this marvelous instrument.  Throughout her career she has had extensive experience in traditional styles of performance as well as projects seeking to push the envelope:  Jazz, American, Symphonic,  Choral, Electronic Music, Poetry and more.  Boldly making a place on the concert stage for the alphorn, Laura has become an advocate in America for the music of Jean Daetwyler.  Making his Concerto No. 1 for Alphorn and Orchestra’s American premiere.  

A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music with two degrees in music, Ms Nelson’s career as a Horn player started at just 15 years of age.  She has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Lake Erie Ballet Orchestra, Erie Opera Theater, and Presque Isle Pro Musica.  

A performer and composer for the album Prairie Song, the Alphorns of Salzburger Echo, Ms Nelson was tasked with creating music for alphorn embodying the spirit and natural beauty of America.  Combining her extensive knowledge of alphorn music with American compositional style she created a new genre for the alphorn.  

She is available to teach at music retreats, bringing to the fore her student centered focus.  Transforming playing by uniting the player with their unique inner voice and bringing it forth.  Ms Nelson is an expert in embouchure building and rehabilitation as well as playing with injury or physical limitations.  


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