Lauren Nelson


Boston-based violist Lauren Nelson is a versatile chamber and orchestral musician who is equally at home on both modern and historically informed instruments.

Lauren can be seen onstage with Handel + Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Arpeggione Ensemble, Upper Valley Baroque, and The Connecticut Early Music Festival, among others. Lauren is also the violist of the Semiosis Quartet, which focuses on performing string quartets from the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of their most recent projects include a collaboration with White Snake Project, a residency at Tanglewood Center for the Arts in collaboration with Bill Barclay and Concert Theater Works, and a program of pieces by female composers supported by the American Music Project. She also performs and records with Emmanuel Music, where she was featured artist on their Lindsey Chapel Series, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Cantata Singers, Cambridge Community Choir, Chorus Pro Musica and Vista Philharmonic.

Lauren holds degrees in music performance from New England Conservatory, the University of Kentucky School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers have included Roger Tapping, Deborah Lander and John Graham. On baroque viola she has studied with Adam LaMotte, Patrick Jordan, Marc Destrubé, Robert Mealy, Elizabeth Blumenstock and Julia Wedman.