Violist Lauren Nelson is a versatile orchestral and chamber musician who performs on both modern and Baroque instruments. She appears regularly with period ensembles including Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, and Grand Harmonie, while also performing with Emmanuel Music, Odyssey Opera, and Unitas Ensemble. She has participated in national and international festivals including the Lake George Music Festival, the American Bach Soloists Academy, the Banff Centre, and the Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival.

Dedicated to contemporary music, Lauren regularly works with today’s leading and emerging composers, including Andy Akiho, Caleb Burhans, Curtis Hughes, Steve Reich, and Steven Snowden. She was recently appointed the violist of the Semiosis Quartet, a string quartet specializing in new music performance, and performs and records with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

Lauren’s career combines performing, teaching, and social action to make an impact on her community. She grew up in rural New Hampshire and credits summers at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music for her deeply rooted belief that music should be available and accessible to everyone. From 2010 to 2017, Lauren was on the faculty of YOFES (Youth and Family Enrichment Services), an El Sistema-based organization serving Boston’s Haitian community, and completed several teaching residencies in Haiti. As a member of Boston Baroque, she participates in the Classics for Kids series, which combines a short interactive performance with a period-instrument petting zoo. She is currently a violin and viola instructor in the Waltham Public Schools and maintains a private teaching studio.

Lauren holds degrees in music from Eastman, the University of Kentucky, and New England Conservatory. Her teachers have included Roger Tapping, Deborah Lander, and John Graham.