School of Music
Bass and Bass Guitar, String Methods
Two time Grammy Award winning bassist Eliot Wadopian has been a professional musician for more than thirty five years. During his career, Mr. Wadopian has enjoyed a close collaboration with many artist in the US and abroad with over eighty albums to his credit in a vide spectrum of musical styles.
Eliot has extensive performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia holding the bass chair for such artist as Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Consort, Free Planet Radio, cellist Eugene Friesen, choral composer and pianist Paul Halley, saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpet virtuoso Jon Faddis, jazz pianist/composer Hal Galper, master percussionist Glen Velez, jazz pianist and pedagogue Mark Lavine, jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Russian vocal group the Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, pianist/composer Paul Sullivan, Brazilian guitarist and producer Oscar Castro-Neves, vocalists Judy Collins, Clay Aiken, Theresa Thomason, master flutist Rhonda Larson and her group Ventus, cellist Yo Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham, the Cab Calloway Big Band, Brazilian songwriter and guitarist Renato Braz, Zimbabwean Shona mbira master Chris Berry, and uilleann piper Davy Spillane, to name a few.
As an educator, Mr. Wadopian teaches privately in addition to his studio at Western Carolina University. Eliot performs regularly in the bass sections of the Asheville and Greenville Symphony Orchestras and is a substitute bassist for many mid-Atlantic symphony orchestras.
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