B i o g r a p h y
Nelson was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He began his musical career by studying piano and violin, but eventually discovered the horn. He started learning the new instrument during his college years and transferred his piano major into horn. After completing a full year of intensive horn studies Nelson had achieved enough skills to transfer to the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. During his years at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Nelson was exposed to and discovered Early Music. He immediately became fascinated by the “haunting” sounds of instruments which he had never before experienced. The voices of male sopranos performing castrato parts in opera, the style, and the eagerness of the musicians performing in period instruments became an immediate and overwhelming fascination. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico does not have any Early Music ensembles, classes or opportunities. Nelson did some research and eventually transferred to IU Bloomington to study Natural Horn with Richard Seraphinoff. He attended IU’s Early Music Institute (now called Historical Performance Institute) for three years and graduated in 2000. Eventually, Nelson decided to explore opportunities in the corporate world which, sadly, took him away from music.
Nelson is currently Human Resources Manager for Reading Rock, a construction material company in Cincinnati Ohio. His Human Resources career has been a great success but his love for playing music and especially Early Music has never waned.
In 2015 Nelson was awarded the Catacoustic Consort Scholarship for Early Music studies. He will be attending Indiana University Bloomington during the summer months for an intensive Natural Horn workshop as well as a Natural Trumpet making class with his former professor, mentor and friend Richard Seraphinoff. Nelson recently purchased a Halari (1810 replica) Natural Horn and a Kerner (1750 replica) Natural Horn, both made by Richard Seraphinoff. He intends to rebuild his career as a musician and hopes to work closely with Catacoustic Consort in the Cincinnati area. He hopes to be an instrumental part of helping the Early Music movement continue its growth in the greater Cincinnati area.
Photo by Scott Kaylor
Nelson Velez is proud to be a member of Early Music America, which serves and strengthens the early music community in North America. For more information about EMA, and to lean how you can help support the future of early music, visit www.earlymusicamerica.org.