American violinist Holly Nelson is no stranger to blurring the lines between music, art and theater. In 2010, she presented the premiere of Rashaad Newsome’s piece FIVE at the Whitney Biennial, alongside Grammy award-winning opera singer Stefanos Koroneos, as both violinist and performance artist. In 2013 she again collaborated with Rashaad Newsome for the premiere of his conceptual art and music installation Swaggawolf for the Armory Arts Show at the Marlborough Gallery. Sought after as a recitalist for contemporary music, Ms. Nelson has had the honor of giving many premieres. Most recently, she acted as concertmaster and soloist in a symphonic program of new works by young American composers at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2012, as part of a concert curated by Pullitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, she performed the debut of Jherek Bischoff’s Works for String Sextet. As an alumna of the Lucerne Festival Academy, she is proud to return to the Lucerne Festival as a member of the Fensadense Chamber Ensemble, which will premiere its namesake composition by Tod Machover in September ’15.


Holly Nelson made her solo debut at age 13 performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the Willimantic Philharmonic in Connecticut. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, as well as in Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany and China. In addition to her interests in contemporary music and jazz, Ms. Nelson is also fascinated by historical performance practice and has appeared in San Francisco as a violin fellow of the American Bach Soloists Academy and with New York City-based period ensembles The Sebastians, Project Amadeus and The Clarion Music Society.