Brendon Elliott, Violin

Virginia native Brendon Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Pamela Frank and the late Joseph Silverstein.  He completed his master’s degree at The Juilliard School under Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes, leading to a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He began playing under his mother’s tutelage at the age of three and made his solo debut when he was ten years old, performing a concerto with the Hampton University Orchestra.  Elliott is currently touring as Joseph Bologne’s musical half in Bill Barclay’s play The Chevalier, and is a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Elliott is a two-time alumnus of NPR’s From the Top, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast featuring America’s talented young musicians.  He has toured with the VSO as soloist in the Hailstork Violin Concerto; played alongside the legendary Natalie Cole; and guest soloed with the VSO for five Young People’s Concerts.  His performance of William Grant Still’s Mother and Child at an MLK memorial concert was broadcast on WMRA radio.  As a three-time concerto competition winner, he appeared as a guest soloist with the Richmond Symphony on its masterworks series.

Elliott also performed Joachim’s cadenza for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 during a special concert with the New York Philharmonic.  He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and Music of the Baroque, and has performed with orchestras such as the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Chineke! Orchestra.  The Charleston Post and Courier described his solo performance with the Colour of Music Virtuosi as “playing with grace and poise, displaying a fine technique and sweet tone.”

Brendon Elliott’s summer studies have included two years at the Aspen Music Festival and the Heifetz International Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival.