Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Elliot Beck is the assistant principal timpanist/section percussionist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard playing with the orchestra across Israel and around the world during regular tours of Asia, Europe and the Americas. 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 discovered the role of timpani in the orchestra in high school and fell in love immediately. Forgoing a degree in chemistry, he devoted himself full-time to a career in music. He went on to earn music degrees at the University of Michigan and Temple University with additional study at Carnegie Mellon University.
As a student he also received fellowships from the National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival and School. His primary teachers include Dr. Michael Udow, Alan Abel, Jeremy Branson and David Herbert.