Nelson Lee is first violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet which has performed extensively throughout North America and abroad. The Quartet is in residence at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where each member teaches and jointly coordinates the chamber music program.
As a soloist, Nelson has appeared with the Cleveland Institute Symphony Orchestra, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, and University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).
Nelson has had the opportunity to collaborate with such artists as David Shifrin, Joel Krosnick, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Michael Tree, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Gilbert Kalish, Bob McDonald, and Menahem Pressler. He has performed with the Boston Chamber Music Society, Park City Chamber Music Society and has also been heard at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
An active and devoted teacher, Nelson has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and festivals around the country including the Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aspen Music Festival, Madeline Island Music Camp, and Music at Menlo. He also served as a teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein while attending the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Nelson comes from a family of musicians. His parents are both pianists (his father also a conductor) and his twin sisters Andrea and Alicia play the cello and clarinet. He is married to Denise Djokic, cellist, with whom he collaborates often.