BiographiesThe Lightwood Duo
Clarinetist Eric Nelson has been a member of the Lightwood Duo since its inception in 1992. He has also been active as a freelance musician in the Salt Lake area, and has performed as an extra with the Utah Symphony, Ballet West Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Consortium, and in New York with the Riverside Trio and Wagner/Nelson Chamber Jazz. He is also saxophonist and keyboardist with the jazz/rock band Mirage. He has taught in the public schools in Utah and Texas for 23 years.
Nelson holds a BA in Music Education from Utah State University, and an MM in Applied Woodwinds from the University of North Texas. In 1979 he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. Principal clarinet teachers have been Lee Gibson, John Scott, Max Dalby, and Tage Scharff. His articles and translations on Danish clarinet music, the Nielsen Concerto, and Aage Oxenvad have appeared in past issues of The Clarinet.
Guitarist Mike Christiansen has been head of the guitar program at Utah State University since 1977. He has built that program into one of the largest and most diverse university guitar programs in the country. He is also an author for Mel Bay Publications, with over 30 instructional guitar books and videos in print. He is in demand throughout the country as a guest clinician, and has taught at Guitar Institute of Technology and Duquesne University, among others. He performs frequently with the Utah Symphony and on numerous recordings and soundtracks. He also is a founding member of the Lightwood Duo, and performs with the jazz/rock band Mirage.
Christiansen holds degrees in Music Education from Utah State University. He has studied or attended master classes with Johnny Smith, Jack Peterson, The Romeros, Lee Robinson, Christopher Parkening, and Jose Posadas of Madrid, Spain.