Elliot Corner is an award-winning Violist and music teacher, who graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with a BMus(Hons) in Viola Performance. He studied there as a Foundation Scholar with two professors, Simon Rowland-Jones and Susie Meszaros., Elliot also participated in several masterclasses and received tuition from some internationally notable musicians including Jennifer Stumm, Jan Repko, Alina Ibragimova and Richard Lester. He studied Composition as a second study as well with acclaimed composer Jonathan Pitkin, and has had works performed in many venues around the UK, including the Blüthner Piano Centre and the Carpenter's Hall.
An alumnus of Christ’s Hospital School (an Old Blue), Elliot took up the Viola in October 2011 (switching permanently from Violin) and quickly attained an ABRSM Gold Award for the highest mark in the UK in his Viola Grade 8 exam (148/150), joining the Royal College of Music's Junior Department within just four months of starting to play the Viola. He studied there with Sarah-Jane Bradley for two years, and upon leaving in July 2013 was awarded the Freda Dinn and Ida Mabett String Prize.
Elliot has performed extensively around the country as a soloist and composer. He has enjoyed a close relationship with the Brighton Orpheus Choir as a composer, and has showcased as a featured soloist and composer in one of their concerts last year. He has performed as a Soloist at venues including St John's, Smith Square, The Royal College of Music, St Mary Abbot's Church (High Street Kensington), Steinway Hall, The Blüthner Piano Centre and St Peter's Church, Blatchington. Alongside his solo career, Elliot has a passion for Chamber Music, and plays regularly with several ensembles.
Nowadays, Elliot focuses on his thriving teaching practice, working closely with around 80 students each week both privately and in schools. He currently works as an associate teacher for the Richmond Music Trust, and visits four primary schools schools each week to provide instrumental lessons to a large number of children. In addition to this, he works privately as an instrumental and music theory tutor, working with young students and adult learners of all ages on Violin, Viola and Music Theory.
Elliot also maintains a busy and exciting instrumental career, primarily working as a backing instrumentalist for live bands and as a recording artist in many studios around London and beyond.
Elliot was born in Brighton, UK and lived there for the majority of his life. He moved to London in 2013 to study at the Royal College of Music, and currently lives in Richmond, West London. He can still be seen regularly performing in Brighton, UK as a soloist and chamber musician.
Elliot discovered his innate musicality aged 4 when his class teacher discovered that he had perfect pitch after noticing him singing perfectly in tune during a class singing session. Shortly after this, he began learning the Violin.
Elliot is an avid reader, getting through up to three or four books a day at times. He attended Christ's Hospital school in Horsham from 2006-2013, boarding full time.
As far as personal interests are concerned, he likes to compose and practice, read, cycle, study Philosophy, cook, drink artisanal coffee and occasionally write poetry.
In the free time that he has, Elliot is also a committed political activist for the Green Party of England and Wales, campaigning avidly on Arts Policy, Accountability and Transparency.