Steven Sharp Nelson is an award-winning, Billboard-charting, YouTube rock star (in a cellist sort of way). His passion for music is palpable. His music invites people in – people from all different walks of life and tastes. He has inspired millions through his music, awakening a new-found love for the cello or classical music, rekindling a forgotten passion, or showing, by example, how to simply smile in order to enjoy life more fully.

Steven plays many instruments and combines multiple elements from these instruments, most notably guitar and percussion, into an innovative and revolutionary way of playing the cello. He is broadly considered a pioneer in exploring the versatility of the instrument. In addition to his cello prowess he is an award-winning composer, arranger, and entertainer. He has toured the globe performing his works.

In 2011, Steven joined “The Piano Guys” and now enjoys confusing everyone that wonders why a cellist is called a “piano guy.” Whenever he goes to the airport and checks in with his multiple cello cases he inevitably is asked, “Hey, what band are you in?” … [awkward silence].

Despite this perplexity, Steven couldn’t be happier using everything God has given him to write music and produce videos with The Piano Guys. Nearly every sound you hear as you listen to TPG’s music was created by a wood, carbon fiber, steel, or electric cello – often modified from its typical state or tuning. To date, he has invented dozens of cello textures that have never before been heard – the sound of a trombone or an oboe, a Chinese fiddle, an Indian sitar, a saxophone, a kick drum, a snare drum, a timpani…Steven has spent countless hours creating sounds that are familiar, but completely unique – and all with a signature cello-continuity.

Most importantly, Steven subscribes to Johann Sebastian Bach’s mantra: music is for the Glory of God and for the enlivening of the soul. He also believes that, as Beethoven once said, “Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” His performances are an incomparable mix of soaring melodies, infectious rhythm, and laughter. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and insists that no musician should. He draws his inspiration from a firm belief in a loving God, two incredible parents that have sacrificed so much to offer him the opportunities he enjoys today, and most of all an amazing wife and four cute-as-can-be children.

Reviews

Steven Sharp Nelson’s renditions are a breath of fresh air!

Shelby Nelson, cellist

2015-02-10T10:05:02+00:00

Shelby Nelson, cellist

Steven Sharp Nelson’s renditions are a breath of fresh air!

I am at a loss for words

iTunes Review

2015-02-10T10:05:37+00:00

iTunes Review

I am at a loss for words

Powerful! I love Steven Sharp Nelson!

iTunes Review

2015-02-10T10:06:08+00:00

iTunes Review

Powerful! I love Steven Sharp Nelson!

There’s none better – I should know

Steve's sister Camille

2015-02-10T10:06:52+00:00

Steve's sister Camille

There’s none better – I should know

Steven Sharp Nelson is amazing! His rich diversity and style make him my favorite cellist

Paul Cardall, Pianist

2015-02-10T10:07:27+00:00

Paul Cardall, Pianist

Steven Sharp Nelson is amazing! His rich diversity and style make him my favorite cellist

I wish I played the cello … like Steve

Jon Schmidt, pianist

2015-02-10T10:08:03+00:00

Jon Schmidt, pianist

I wish I played the cello … like Steve

Inspiring! Pure Joy! I share your music with my high school students

David Johnson, high school teacher

2015-02-10T10:08:53+00:00

David Johnson, high school teacher

Inspiring! Pure Joy! I share your music with my high school students

Simply Amazing! I’ve always wanted to play the cello and this makes me want to play even more

Simply Amazing! I’ve always wanted to play the cello and this makes me want to play even more

2015-02-10T10:09:33+00:00

Simply Amazing! I’ve always wanted to play the cello and this makes me want to play even more

Simply Amazing! I’ve always wanted to play the cello and this makes me want to play even more

ohh det är fantastiskt!!!

Foreign review (YouTube)

2015-02-10T10:10:07+00:00

Foreign review (YouTube)

ohh det är fantastiskt!!!

Perfect!!!!!!!!

A perfectionist (YouTube)

2015-02-10T10:10:36+00:00

A perfectionist (YouTube)

Perfect!!!!!!!!

Credits

Jon Schmidt
Paul Cardall
Peter Breinholt
Russ Dixon
Ryan Shupe
Marshall McDonald
David Tolk
Cherie Call
Colors
Eclipse
Jenny Frogley
Alex Boye
Jesse Clark Funk
Jim Funk
Julie De Azevedo
Katherine Nelson
Kenneth Cope
Kirby Herybourne
Nancy Hansen
Sam Payne
Michael Hicks
Enoch Train
Tyler Castleton
Chad Neff
Darin Southam

PAUL CARDALL:

The Christmas Box
Miracles
The Looking Glass
Hymns
Primary Worship
Live
Faithful
Songs of Praise

JON SCHMIDT:

Winter Serenade
Hymns Without Words
Bonus Tracks
The Piano Guys
The Piano Guys 2

PETER BRIENHOLT:

Songs About the Great Divide
Heartland
Deep Summer
Live
Noel
Live

DAVID TOLK:

Mendham
Memory Road
Sacred
Holiday

MARSHALL MCDONALD:

Sunday Morning Light
His Light Divine
Christmas Oranges
Christmas Dreams
Hymns for the Sabbath
Our Savior’s Love
I Am a Child of God

STEELE CROSWHITE:

Anything

STEPHANIE SMITH:

Sidewalkl
Pictures

SAM PAYNE:

Project
Coming Just to Go

ANGELA HANNAN:

One Mind, One Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS:

FM100 Hits
EFY Albums

Farewell
Supplication
Max’s Attic
The Spanish Trail Suite
Aspiration
AFRICA
The River
Restoration