Profiles from the Pit: Concertmaster Eliot Heaton

Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Concertmaster Eliot Heaton embarks on his second complete season with MOT this October. He first performed with the orchestra during the 2016 production of The Sleeping Beauty with American Ballet Theatre, a performance he described as very special to him.

“I was still in graduate school at the time,” he said. “Coming here to play in a packed opera house with this killer orchestra, along with the spectacular show that American Ballet Theatre put on, it felt like I was on another planet.”

The 27-year-old has been playing violin since age 3, eventually studying music professionally earning a bachelor’s degree in violin performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory and a master’s degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to the MOT Orchestra, the Geneva, New York native recently signed on as the Concertmaster of the Saginaw Bay Symphony and performs in the area with the Cut Time Players, Chamber Soloists of Detroit, the Scarab Club, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Bridge Chamber Players. Outside of music, Eliot enjoys tennis, reading, NBA basketball, baking bread and talking with members of the audience during intermissions.