Eliot Chapo, Professor of Violin, has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony, among others. Prior to his appointment to the FSU faculty in 1984, Mr. Chapo was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera Orchestras, as well as associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is also concertmaster of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1997.
Mr. Chapo was invited to be the acting concertmaster of the Centennial Season of the Cincinnati Symphony for the 1994-95 season and European tour. During his military service he was assistant concertmaster of the Marine Corps Band Chamber Orchestra, and first violinist of the White House String Quartet, the official resident quartet during the tenure of Presidents Johnson and Nixon. In addition to extensive radio and television performances, Chapo has participated in master classes, festivals and workshops worldwide. He has considerable experience as a soloist, as a chamber music performer, orchestral concertmaster, and teacher, and also in the recording industry. Many of his students have won competitions, orchestral positions, and college teaching positions. He is a native of Miami, Florida, and a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky and Efrem Zimbalist.