Press Coverage and Related Media Mentions

cayCompass.com, August 26, 2011

Russian viola magic on the menu

This article announces Eliesha Nelson & Glen Inanga’s performance of Russian Viola Sonatas at the Cayman Arts Festival.

Fanfare Magazine

Fanfare Magazine Review of Russian Viola Sonatas

“In all of this music, Nelson’s playing is bold, fluent, and musically sensitive. She has the accuracy and fine intonation that one would assume goes along with being member of the Cleveland Orchestra, but also the compelling musical personality of a soloist. Glen Inanga, who holds one of the more exotic piano teaching positions that I have ever heard of— Senior Lecturer at the University College of the Cayman Islands— is an ideal partner, providing excitement and solid support in the complex piano parts.”

The Plain Dealer, August 21, 2011

Digital Dose: New Classical discs feature music by Bach, Beethoven, Martinu, and others

Plain Dealer Music Critic, Zachary Lewis, gives Russian Viola Sonatas an A grade in his review of recent classical releases. “Once again, the Cleveland Orchestra violist has unearthed obscure but highly valuable musical treasures, this time from turn-of-the-century Russia, and brought them to life through animated, richly expressive performances with virtuoso pianist Glen Inanga.”

AfricClassical, July 30, 2011

Violist Eliesha Nelson & Pianist Glen Inanga Make Strong Case for Varvara Gaigerova, Alexander Winkler & Paul Juon

Africlassical reviews Russian Viola Sonatas.

Miss Music Nerd Blog, January 31, 2011

The Sky’s the Limit: Eliesha Nelson’s Viola Odyssey

Miss Music Nerd interviews Eliesha Nelson about Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works, and the path she took towards becoming a musician.

The Plain Dealer, December 10, 2010

Black Keys, Cleveland Orchestra in the running for several Grammys; Eminem gets 10 nominations

Eliesha Nelson is mentioned for her Grammy nominations: Best Chamber Music Performance; Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance with Orchestra; and Best Engineered Album, Classical.

Fanfare Magazine

Fanfare Magazine Review of Quincy Porter: The Complete Viola Works

“Eliesha Nelson plays with a big, full tone, always secure, both grandly rhetorical and intimate. And John McLaughlin Williams is a true musical polymath, conducting and performing on piano, harpsichord, and violin. Overall a very satisfying release, and I’m sure Porter is beaming from above.”

Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2009

The viola sings out

Eliesha is featured in a review of Viola recordings written by music critic, Mark Swed, who writes, “Nelson is a ravishing violist, and she is joined on the disc by an impressively multitalented John McLaughlin Williams, who conducts Northwest Sinfonia in the concerto, and he accompanies Nelson on viola duos for piano, harpsichord and violin. This disc is a real find.”

AfriClassical, September 22, 2009

Maestro John McLaughlin Williams: 4 Roles on Dorian CD ‘Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works’

William J. Zick interviews African American conductor John McLaughlin Williams, who won a Grammy in 2007 and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 as well. Williams plays piano, violin and harpsichord on the Quincy Porter CD.

AfriClassical, September 17, 2009

Conclusion of Interview on Eliesha Nelson’s CD ‘Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works’

As William J. Zick concludes his interview with Eliesha Nelson they discuss the music on the album.

AfriClassical, September 16, 2009

Eliesha Nelson’s CD ‘Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works’ Highlights Overlooked American Music

William J. Zick interviews Eliesha Nelson about growing up in Alaska, her musical education and how she came to record the works of Quincy Porter.

PMS 286 Music Appreciation Society, September 17, 2009

From Viola to Voila:
Eliesha Nelson shares on Quincy Porter, motherhood & jokes

Eliesha Nelson is interviewed by fellow violist, Elysha about life, music, the viola repertoire…and viola jokes.