Born in Dublin, Ireland, Norman began his violin studies when he was 10 years old.
At the age of 15 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London and at 20 was appointed to a position in the first violin section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and London Symphony orchestras.
He was a founding member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world.
In 1965 Norman
was appointed Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
also formed the internationally acclaimed Purcell String Quartet.
has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the London Symphony
, Academy of St. Martin
in the Fields, BBC Symphony and Vancouver Symphony.
As a chamber musician, he
has performed in every major city in North America, and in Europe, Russia, Japan and China.
In 1979 Norman was appointed Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the leader of the University String Quartet.
In 2007 he
was awarded the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award for his
sustained and significant contribution to the Canadian orchestral community.
In May 2012, Norman
was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours outstanding Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens.
wife Jenny live on Vancouver Island.
Norman continues to be an active player, teacher and conductor.
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1997 by Norman Nelson
, the full size semi-professional orchestra performed its first symphony concert in June 1998.