Eli Bishop, violin
Eli Bishop is an American violinist, composer, and arranger who is recognized for his versatility across multiple genres of music. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Eli began studying the Suzuki method of classical violin at the age of 3 under the tutelage of his mother, going on to study jazz and fiddle styles in his teenage years. Eli attended the Berklee College of Music from 2010-2012 during which time he focused his studies on honing his improvisational skills and video game music composition.
Eli has performed and recorded with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lee Ann Womack, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Video Game Orchestra, 8-Bit Big Band, and as a member of the Grand Ole Opry’s house band. He has also worked as an arranger for Grammy-nominated video game composer Austin Wintory, and Eli’s solo violin work with orchestra can be heard on Minecraft: Pirates of the Caribbean.
Eli’s musical work spans many mediums of the entertainment industry, including Samsung commercials, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s movie, Don Jon, as well as the upcoming Billy Crystal movie, Here Today. The Chicago Tribune has praised Eli’s “silken legato phrases, impeccable pitch and seemingly effortless technique in fast-moving passages...”
In addition to his musical endeavors, Eli set the Guinness World Record in 2014 for “Most Claps in a Minute” at a staggering 1,020 claps in 60 seconds and has demonstrated his skill on a high speed camera with viral sensation, “The Slow Mo Guys.” Eli has appeared on national TV shows such as Rob Dyrdek’s “Amazingness,” as well as international appearances in Hong Kong and on China’s popular TV show “Happy Camp,” with a regular viewership in the tens of millions. In 2018 Eli broke the record once more by clapping 1,103 times in one minute.