Ted Nelson head shot

Theodore Nelson

Instrument: Cello

Education: Middlebury Union High School, Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music, Master of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music

Hometown: Middlebury, Vermont

Neighborhood: Madeira, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 2004

Favorite orchestral work: Der Rosenklavier by Richard Strauss

Current playlist: A lot of death metal and hardcore punk right now!

Activities and organizations outside of CSO: I am the Producing Artistic Director with concert:nova, a genre bending new music chamber ensemble.

Family: Married to Ixi Chen, CSO Clarinet, and we have three crazy inspiring sons

Fun fact about Theodore: I had to play trombone in my high school band because we had no orchestra, and I wanted to do something musical. Also tattoos.

Hobbies: Brazilian jiujitsu, obstacle races and ultra marathons