Virginia native Brendon Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein. He completed his master’s degree at the Juilliard School under Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. He began playing under his mother’s tutelage at the age of 3 and made his solo debut when he was 10 years old, performing a concerto with the Hampton University Orchestra. Since then, he has soloed with several professional and community orchestras.
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 Virginia Symphony Orchestra, performing the Hailstork Violin Concerto, played alongside vocalist Natalie Cole and soloed with the VSO for five Young People’s Concerts. His performance of William Grant Still’s Mother and Child at a Martin Luther King memorial concert was broadcast on the radio. As a three-time concerto competition winner, he appeared as a guest soloist with the Richmond Symphony.
Elliott also performed Joachim’s cadenza for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 during a special concert with the New York Philharmonic. He 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 has described his solo performance with the Colours of Music Virtuosi as exhibiting “grace and poise, displaying a fine technique and sweet tone.”
Elliott’s summer studies have included two years at the Aspen Music Festival and the Heifitz International Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival.