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Eliot Heaton

Eliot Heaton

Geneva native Eliot Heaton “possesses a lofty level of technique…he’s a musician of sensitivity and courage.” (Bloomington Herald Times). Eliot recently completed his second season as Concertmaster of the Michigan Opera Theatre and his first season leading the Saginaw Bay Symphony. He previously served as the Concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony, and has performed as guest Concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Later this summer, he will begin his new position as Concertmaster of the Des Moines Metro Opera.

Eliot earned degrees in violin performance and history from Oberlin College and Conservatory before getting his Master of Music degree from Indiana University. While attending Geneva High School he performed as a soloist with a number of local orchestras and has since performed solo works with the Rochester Symphony, Ypsilanti Symphony, Terre Haute Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, IU Chamber Orchestra, IU New Music Ensemble, and Oberlin Sinfonietta.

Alongside his orchestral career, Eliot maintains a healthy chamber music performance schedule. He appears regularly with the Chamber Soloists of Detroit, Cut Time Players, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, and locally as a recurring member of the Geneva Music Festival. When he’s not playing the violin Eliot enjoys reading, playing tennis, and baking bread.

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