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Eliot Gattegno draws from his experience in a range of disciplines – arts, education, technology, and entrepreneurship – to create engaging experiences for students and audiences around the globe.

Eliot was appointed Professor of Music at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and Foreign Expert in the Arts and Education for the People’s Republic of China in Spring 2012. Letting his insatiable curiosity be his guide, he moved to China with his wife Lilli. Mostly because he did not speak a word of Mandarin upon arrival, Eliot honed a teaching method based on showing, not telling, cementing his belief in guided mastery towards self-efficacy. In addition, Eliot co-founded a private education firm for students wanting a Western education.

Prior to living in China, Eliot was a Fellow at Harvard University. At Harvard, he co-developed sonic analysis software to convert sound into musical score notation. In addition, created a Web site to collect, manage and preserve information about the analyzed musical sounds. Applying the “wiki” model, user-created data is available through the Web site to users at all times, for no cost. The data is searchable through custom filters – like those of a travel Web site – and employs a newly conceived poetic search engine.

An experienced arts administrator, Eliot has served as Executive Director of and worked with interdisciplinary arts organizations in New York (Ensemble Sospeso), Boston (World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, Inc.) and San Diego (ArtPower!). At 21, he co-founded his first nonprofit organization for the promotion of new music performance and education. For the following eight years he served as President of the organization – producing hundreds of concerts on four continents, earning numerous grants, establishing residencies at leading universities, and garnering a citation for dedication to the Arts through cultural exchange from the Brazilian Government.

Eliot is a sought-after conductor and performer in the classical and improvised realms and is invited to perform at major festivals and venues, including: New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. He has also recorded over 20 CDs and appeared on NPR, BBC, and NTD TV (China) for an estimated audience of 200 million people. He is the winner of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis of the International Music Institute Darmstadt – arguably the world’s most prestigious prize for the performance and interpretation of contemporary music. He has received critical acclaim from The New York TimesThe Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times. His writings on music are published by Schott Music and Oxford University Press. Eliot’s favorite part of being a musician is the collaborative process of learning new music with people he calls friends before colleagues.

A keen educator, Eliot teaches because he feels the need to share and is committed to helping others. His purpose is to make himself and his experience available. If students connect with him its because they don’t think they’re hearing from a teacher. They’re hearing from a practicing artist. He has taught and coached students from MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Juilliard, Amherst, Williams, UC Berkeley, Michigan, and other institutions and organizations. He also founded and for two years managed a music education program and concert series for severely abused and neglected children at The Home for Little Wanderers in Dorchester, Massachusetts. There he learned that a wellspring of inspiration can come from the most unexpected places.

Eliot holds a doctorate from UC San Diego and graduated with academic honors and distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, which granted him the Tourjee Alumni Award. Traveling the globe for the past decade has given him ample opportunity to explore a great passion: truly stupendous espresso. This pursuit has led him to understand that it is just as much as about what is in the cup as the environment and with whom it is shared. Accordingly, he loves cooking with friends and family, spending far too much time in bookstores and farmers’ markets, and getting lost just about everywhere.