Nelson Navarrete

Nelson Navarrete

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Biography

Nelson Navarrete was born in Colombia on February 14, 1979. At the age of eight years old, he was enrolled at the National University of Colombia music conservatory. Nelson picked the guitar up at the age of 12 . At 16, inspired by Guns n’ Roses, Iron Maiden, etc., he picked up the electric guitar. When he was 17, he was a member of the progressive rock band called Doble Via for one and a half years. This band recorded a demo of two songs. At 19, Nelson began his music studies at The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, one of the best music institutions of Colombia. He attended for three semesters before moving to the United States of America. Once in the U.S.A., he studied jazz guitar with Lindsay Blair at The Broward Community College. Soon he became the guitarist of the BCC’s jazz band, BCC’s president ensemble, and performed a series of notable performances. During this time, Nelson recorded two albums. Both of which are currently being played on internet-radio and receiving great reviews.

After two years of performing, composing, and recording in Florida, Nelson moved to Boston to attend The Berklee College of Music to study Film Scoring. He received his Bachelors degree in the fall of 2005. During his time at Berklee, Nelson stopped performing due to a complex neurological problem in his left hand called Focal Dystonia. While working on his recovery, Nelson turned his focus to his composing and conducting skills. He wrote the score for the short film Violence Everyday and several other film cues. One of his pieces was chosen and performed by the Esterhazy String Quartet, and he was selected to participate in a conducting workshop directed by Rafael Sanz-Espert.