Eliesha Nelson's CD of the complete viola works by composer Quincy Porter was nominated for Grammy awards in three categories: Best engineered classical album, Classical Producer of the Year, and Best solo instrumental performance with orchestra, for the track "Concerto for Viola and Orchestra" performed by Eliesha Nelson with Northwest Sinfonia. The CD features three chamber works published by ACA: Blues Lointains, Speed Etude, and Poem for Viola and Piano, performed on the CD by Miss Nelson and John McLaughlin Williams. CD listening, download and purchase, available at Amazon.
Quincy Porter (1897-1966) was a descendant of early American pioneers with deep New England roots. Porter graduated from Yale College in 1919 and Yale School of Music in 1921, where he studied composition with Horatio Parker and David Stanley Smith. In Cleveland, Porter was the violist of the Ribaupierre Quartet, and as a composer, has an extensive cycle of string quartets. Other important works are his Viola Concerto (1948), often hailed as his greatest work, two symphonies 1934, 1962, and a Concerto Concertante, which won the Pulitzer prize in 1954.