Eliot Lev is an award-winning classical violinist and a tenured member of the San Francisco Symphony. Prior to joining the orchestra as the Isaac Stern Chair, he performed with the Utah Symphony as a member of the first violin section and acting assistant concertmaster, and the Charlotte Symphony as a tenured associate concertmaster.
Outside of the orchestral world, Eliot maintains an active career as a solo and chamber ensemble musician and has most recently appeared with the SF Civic Symphony, Davies Chamber Music Series and Chamber Music Sundaes. He’s a regular guest coach with the SF Academy Orchestra and has recently started a private teaching studio. Eliot is a volunteer with the Musicians on Call, a non-profit organization that brings live music to thousands of hospital patients throughout the country.
Eliot is an alumnus of Roosevelt University where he studied with Vadim Gluzman. After graduation, he joined the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, where he was also featured as a soloist. Eliot plays on the 1710 Alessandro Mezzadri violin and an Emile Ouchard bow generously purchased for him in part by the Carey family of Boston, MA, without whom his career would not have been possible.
Eliot is proud to be the first openly transgender musician in a major American orchestra. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Stephanie MacAller, and their rescue dog and two cats.