Born in Calgary, Mark Nelson began drumming at age 15. In 2003, he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. He was also selected to perform in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Bruce Paulson. On two occasions he received the Ted Frickleton Most Outstanding Drummer award at the Manawatu Jazz festival.
Mark furthered his study of music at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta) creative music workshop directed by Dave Douglas and SIM, School for Improvisational Music (Brooklyn), directed by Ralph Alessi.
Based out of Montréal, Mark has had the opportunity to tour with various ensembles across Canada, extensively in Québec, Europe and even in Brazil.
Mark received a Masters in Music Performance (Jazz) from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in 2015. The same year, he released his first recording as a bandleader, Mark Nelson’s Sympathetic Frequencies.