Player Spotlight ~ Brendon Elliott ~ Violinist

Opus 731, “Rosenblith” 1713 Strad violin, 2011

“I am honored to be so graciously loaned an instrument which sings the brightest of passages, and also the darker timbres, with ease. More colors are simply waiting to be discovered."

Brendon ElliottBrendon Elliott has been described as an accomplished performer who “plays with substantial sound and a lovely feeling of warmth, with a not especially youthful self-possession” (The Richmond Times Dispatch). A Virginia Native, he attends the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein. He began his violin studies under his mother’s tutelage at the age of three.

Brendon made his debut as a soloist when he was 10 years old, performing a concerto with the Hampton University Orchestra. Since then, he has been a soloist with several professional and community orchestras such as The York River Symphony Orchestra, The Peninsula Youth Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, The Symphony of the Mountains, the Hampton University Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

At the age of thirteen, Brendon appeared on From the Top on NPR, a nationally syndicated radio broadcast featuring America’s talented young musicians. His’s stunning performance of William Grant Still's Mother and Child was broadcast on WMRA radio. He has also enjoyed the honor of performing the National Anthem for a Washington Nationals Baseball game in the summer of 2011 and 2012. During the 2011/2012 season, he was a guest soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for five special Young Peoples Concerts, “Songs for a Dreamer” concert, and an 9/11 Memorial Concert. As a three-time concerto competition winner, Brendon was also a guest soloist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra on their masterworks series in April 2012, and he will tour with the Virginia Symphony in 2014 performing the Hailstork Violin Concerto.

Brendon’s orchestral experience includes serving as concertmaster of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra for six consecutive years. He also served as concertmaster for Virginia's Southeastern Regional Orchestra in 2010 and 2008, and concertmaster for the 2011 Virginia All State Orchestra.

The Elliott Family String QuartetAs a three-time National Sphinx Competition semi-finalist, Brendon earned the National Sphinx Competition Achievement Award in 2012. He was a Finalist in the 2011 American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition. He has earned scholarships to several summer institutes including The Eastern Music Festival, The Aspen Music Festival, and The Heifetz International Music Institute.

Brendon's family is also very musical; he is the first violinist in his family's ensemble, The Elliott Family String Quartet, which includes his mother Dannielle Weems-Elliott (viola), and his brother and sister, Sterling (cell0) and Justine (violin).

Brendon plays on violin Opus 731, made by Douglas Cox, violin maker in Brattleborro, Vermont, through a Sphinx Music Organization loan.

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