John Nelson is a world-renowned conductor noted for his commitment to contemporary sacred music. He was born in Costa Rica to American missionary parents. He attended Wheaton College and the Juilliard School of Music. He founded and serves as the artistic director of a nonprofit organization, Soli Deo Gloria, which sponsors the creation of contemporary sacred music.
Nelson serves as a music directorof the Ensemble orchestral de Paris and recently conducted Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Opera House in Stuttgart. Between performances, heprepared Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for performances in Armenia and Mendelssohn’s Elijah for a concert at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He lives in France with his wife, Anita.