Andrea Belding Elson
Andrea Belding Elson, violinist, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music under David Russell. In her junior year she was awarded the 2003 CIM Dr. Jerome Gross Award in Violin. As a senior, Andréa was appointed concertmaster of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, where she made her professional concerto debut performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in 2004. She subsequently earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy at CIM under Stephen Rose and Kimberly Meier-Sims.
Andréa maintains a private studio in Bay Village, Solon, and Cleveland Heights, where she teaches both violin and viola. Andréa was recently reappointed concertmaster of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall of 2017 under the direction of Maestro Dr. Liva. She was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra for five seasons. She still plays concerts with CSO, Akron Symphony Orchestra, and occasionally has subbed as concertmaster of the Heights Chamber Orchestra. She has been first violinist of the Black River String Quartet from Elyria, Ohio since 2005. She performs concertos frequently with the Lorain County Civic Orchestra. She is a founding member of the JAY trio (formerly the Aurora Trio). Andréa was a founding member of the Azalea Quartet and a finalist in both the 2010 J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition and the 2010 Hugo Kauder International String Quartet Competition. Andréa is a member of local indie-rock band Seafair, where she plays electric violin and trumpet.