2022 Artists

Eliot Heaton

Eliot Heaton

Violinist Eliot Heaton “possesses a lofty level of technique…he’s a musician of sensitivity and courage.” (Bloomington Herald Times).​ ​Eliot is the Concertmaster of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony. He has also led a number of other orchestras, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.


Eliot also performs as a soloist and chamber musician alongside his orchestral duties. He collaborates with the Heaton Pierce Martin Trio, New Music Detroit, and as a guest artist and soloist on various concert series throughout the Midwest. He has been on stage with a wide range of artists including The Who, Chick Corea, Renee Fleming, Wayne Shorter, and Christine Goerke.


A native of Geneva NY, Eliot’s principal teachers include Linda Case, Marilyn McDonald, and Kevork Mardirossian. He holds bachelor’s degrees in violin and history from Oberlin College and Conservatory as well as a master of music from Indiana University. He lives in Ann Arbor MI with his wife and their two cats.

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