Meet the Musicians Violin

Eli Matthews


Orchestra member since 1997

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Education: University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Studied with: Kurt Sassmannshaus

Instrument: Eli plays an 1862 J.B. Vuillaume violin.

About Eli:

Eli Matthews is a billiards sharp shooter and amateur golfer. An avid competitor, Eli competes in professional billiards tournaments. Eli also is on You Tube: Eli Matthews Paganini, Eli Matthews Ysaye, and Eli Matthews pool shots (billiards!). He is a father of five sons, and married to Renee Matthews, also a violinist. He dedicates time to teaching, working with Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra musicians as well as teaching a few private students. You might find Mumford and Sons and Johnny Cash playing on Eli's ipod. Eli is a fan of the University Circle area and his favorite restaurant, L'Albatross.