Michigan Opera Theatre
Des Moines Metro Opera
Saginaw Bay Symphony 

June 2020

Eliot is currently accepting new students for the '20-'21 year. Lessons are taught online or at his home in Ann Arbor MI.

August 2019

Eliot has earned tenure as Concertmaster of the Des Moines Metro Opera, a summer opera company "at the forefront of operatic excellence in America."(Opera Today)

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

 "he not only possesses a lofty level of technique, he’s a musician of sensitivity and courage. "

Bloomington Herald Times


"a poignant performance..with moving innocence"

Terre Haute Tribune Star



Khatchaturian Concerto

On February 13, 2021j oin the SBSO on a memorable concert featuring Berlioz’s monumental programmatic work: Symphonie fantastique! This symphony was described by Leonard Bernstein as “the first musical expedition into psychedelia because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature”. The concert also includes Khachaturian’s exciting violin concerto featuring SBSO concertmaster, Eliot Heaton.

In lieu of an in-person festival, Des Moines Metro Opera is teaming up with our friends at Iowa PBS to share online and televised presentations of our recent productions of Billy BuddRusalkaManonLe Comte Ory and Bon Appétit! These broadcasts will serve as the centerpieces of our transformed 2020 Virtual Festival and will be supplemented by artist recitals, cast reunions, interviews, prelude talks, and digital versions of annual DMMO events. To share these fantastic productions with audiences around the world is the realization of a long-held dream. 

Michigan Opera Theatre's online source for performances, discussions, and online musical activities.

Eliot and his wife Ran Cheng make premier recordings of violin duos for the American Composers Alliance. Recordings include Leon Stein's Sonatina and Edward Jacob's On Balance.

Stay tuned to this channel for recorded content. There are many new videos coming out during the Covid quarantine.

Paganini Technique Class


Eliot will work with violin students from Oberlin Conservatory on technical challenges in the Paganini Caprices.

Excerpt Class


Working with students of local violinist and teacher Mallory Tabb on orchestral excerpts.

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