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Elliot Beck is Assistant Principal Timpanist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard playing with the Orchestra across Israel and around the world. Before moving to Tel Aviv, he held percussion and timpani positions with the Grand Rapids and West Michigan Symphonies, respectively.
After studying the violin at an early age, Elliot soon realized the power of drumming in all varieties of music. He fell in love with the timpani as a member of his high school orchestra. Forgoing a degree in chemistry, he devoted himself full-time to a career in music, going on to earn music degrees at the University of Michigan and Temple University with additional study at Carnegie Mellon University.
As a student, he received fellowships from the National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival and School. His primary teachers include Michael Udow, Alan Abel, Jeremy Branson, and David Herbert.