Stephen Nielson Bio

Pianist, Composer

Stephen Nielson

Distinguished in both classical and sacred music, Stephen Nielson is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time.

His concertizing has taken him to such cities as Hong Kong, Bogotá, Freiburg, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Vienna, Brussels, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Prague, Salzburg, Jerusalem and Chennai, India, to name a few.  He has toured major artistic centers in Russia, the Baltics, Japan and Switzerland, and is an Ambassador of Culture for the World Cultural Alliance.  His North American solo and chamber music itinerary for more than a quarter century numbers concerts in the hundreds, from Los Angeles to Boston, Seattle to Naples, Detroit to Mexico City, Miami to Winnipeg and Toronto, Chicago to Dallas.

Hailing a performance in Germany, the Berlin Morgenpost said, “Highly sensitive, articulate artistry,” while Brussels’ Le Soir exclaimed, “Exciting and masterful playing.” His discography includes recordings of the classical repertoire, music for piano and cello, and hymn tunes in the classical style.  His writing achievements appear in the catalogues of several American publishers.

For more than four decades, Stephen Nielson was one-half of the acclaimed duo-piano team of Nielson & Young, whose breadth of repertoire and performance venues was virtually without comparison.  He continues his ongoing solo activities and is embarking on exciting new musical partnerships in the United States and abroad.

Stephen Nielson and his wife Carolyne reside in Dallas and are the proud parents of daughters Christiana (Managing Editor, D Magazine) and Caroline (mezzo soprano and master’s degree graduate of the Eastman School of Music in vocal performance).

Stephen Nielson is a Steinway artist.


Celebrating the Nielson & Young Legacy

Ovid Young & Stephen Nielson

Ovid Young & Stephen Nielson

More than four decades of much-admired musical collaboration took Nielson & Young around the world to an array of venues encompassing Copenhagen’s famed Tivoli Concert Hall; Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall; Coventry, England’s celebrated Cathedral of St. Michael; Chennai, India’s Academy of Music; Moscow’s Kremlin and Tschaikovsky Hall; Oberammergau’s Passionspiel Theatre; Bern, Switzerland’s Konzerthaus; and the highly-regarded Dallas/Fort Worth Meyerson Symphony Center and Bass Performance Hall. Beyond that, Nielson & Young were hosted for concerts at hundreds of churches and universities, appearing by themselves or with symphony orchestras from coast to coast in the United States and abroad.

Nielson & Young served on the artistic staff of the International Church Music Festival for 25 years, and have additionally been active as church music leaders and university professors, having held appointments in California, Illinois, Texas and Indiana. Widely published composers of music for solo and multiple pianos, choir and orchestra, Nielson & Young’s extensive discography includes many recordings from the classical repertoire as well as from their signature hymn-tune arrangements.

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Barockschloss Rammenau, Germany

Barockschloss Rammenau, Germany