Daniel Nelson (b. 1965) received his musical education at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jean Eichelberger-Ivey, and at the University of Chicago where he studied with Ralph Shapey. He has also studied in Sweden with Lars-Erik Rosell.
Nelson’s music has been described as being pulse-oriented with a neo-romantic vein. Critics have also remarked on the “magnificently mobile orchestration” and “exuberant energy”.
Nelson has composed primarily for orchestra. He has enjoyed an especially close collaboration with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra which resulted in four works. Chiefly among these is his Metallëphônic (2002) for tuba and orchestra, which has since its premiere been performed more than forty times by orchestras in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America.