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. His music appears through American Composers Edition and CDs of his music are available from Albany, MMC, Capstone, Centaur, Innova Recordings, and Mode. 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, the Groupe de Music Expèrimentale de Bourges in France, the Ibla Foundation, Sicily, and the International Society of Bassists. He has received many commissions, and his works have been performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. He was honored recently as the 2007 Cleveland Arts Prize laureate and in 2010-11 was a prize-winner in the BCMCC, the Italy PAS Society, and the Boston Modern Competitions. He served as Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Georgia, where he directed the University of Georgia Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, for 21 years. In 2000, he joined the composition faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he was Professor of Composition and chair of the Composition Department until his retirement in 2015.
String Quartet commissioned by the Formalist Quartet of Los Angeles, CA and premiered by them on April 6, 2015. The recording is taken from a portrait concert of my works given on the Monday Evening Concert Series at Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, CA.
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String Quartet commissioned by the JACK Quartet and premiered by them in 2011. Also performed by them at the Look and Listen Festival in New York, NY in 2012 and at the American Music Festival in March, 2015 at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Also performed by ensemble Oerknal in Den Haag and Amsterdam, the Netherlands in June, 2015
Percussion sextet commissioned by UCSD-based ensemble red fish blue fish. Performed by them under the direction of Steven Schick. Other performances include the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble at PASIC in 2014, the University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble in Spring, 2015, and at the Roots and Rhizomes residency at the Banff Centre in August, 2014.