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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Cello ~ Steven Sharp Nelson

Wow! Good music. Very good music.


Steven Sharp Nelson - The Cello Song - Bach is back (with 7 more cellos) The Piano Guys

Charlie Brown Medley - Linus and Lucy - Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson (Guaraldi cover)

Adele - Rolling in the Deep (Piano/Cello Instrumental Cover) Steven Sharp Nelson & Jon Schmidt

Steven Sharp Nelson

My Beliefs ~ by Steven Sharp Nelson:

• I believe the purpose of life is to be happy.
• I believe the best way to be happy is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and to love others more than yourself.
• I believe family is most important.
• I believe we are all children of a God who loves us dearly.
• I believe that good music can be a source of joy, inspiration, and fulfilment.
• I believe as Bobby McFerin once said, listening to only one kind of music is like inisiting on living in only one room of your home your entire life.
• I believe in as much laughter in life as possible, but not at another's expense.

I believe the cello is the coolest instrument in the world. (smile)
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

About Steven Sharp Nelson:

Steven Sharp Nelson (born 1977) is a pioneer in "cello-percussion"—an alternative performance method that combines traditional, lyrical cello techniques with unconventional pizzicato and percussive technique. He was born and still resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began studying cello at age 8, percussion at age 12 and guitar at age 17. He has invented a new method of playing the cello that combines elements learned from each of these instruments.
He has studied the cello, (still his primary instrument) under Ryan Selberg, Stephen Emerson, and John Eckstein. He obtained a degree in music from the University of Utah School of Music, graduating in 2002.
Nelson's true cello career began when he was 15. He was recruited by Peter Breinholt to arrange string parts and perform with Breinholt's band, Big Parade. Since then he has recorded on over 100 different albums ranging from folk & bluegrass to hip hop. He has also made his way as a solo artist. His first album Sacred Cello (2006)[1] was atop the Billboard Charts. He has since two more solo albums that have also received significant acclaim (Tender Mercies, 2008 and Christmas Cello, 2010)
Nelson is well-known for his collaborations with pianist Jon Schmidt--most particularly in their mash-up arrangement of Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Cold Play's "Viva La Vida," a YouTube sensation. Schmidt and Nelson perform regularly together throughout the United States and the world.
Nelson also teams up often with pianist Paul Cardall and has written most of Cardall's orchestrations.
Nelson's shared performance and compositions with pianist Marshall McDonald are also of note. Among other works, Nelson and McDonald have composed two symphonies together (Spanish Trail Suite, 2006 and Africa, 2008), the second of which was featured in the number one classical podcast in the world and was download over 30 million times.[2]
Nelson's influences include Victor BorgeBobby McFerrinPeter SchickeleYo Yo MaU2Sting, and James Taylor. His trademark style is to always including parody, comedy, and musical "shtick" in every performance.
Nelson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Julie, have 3 children.
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