Eli (Elijah) began piano and cello lessons at the ages of 3 and 5 respectively. He joined the Union County Prelude Orchestra at age 7, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra at age 9, and then the Youth Orchestra of Charlotte at the age of 11 in which he currently sits as principal cellist.
Eli has won numerous awards in his local and state piano music competitions and events. He has scored the highest in the state for his category for 3 consecutive years with the Royal Conservatory of Music and received 1st place with the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum Piano Concerto Competition in 2022. He was a scholarship recipient for 4 consecutive years with Charlotte Arts Plus and a summer scholarship to attend the Brevard Summer Piano Camp in 2022. His piano teachers include Dr. Paul Nitsch and Mrs. Phyllis Teague. Eli also enjoys playing tennis and computer games, traveling, and engaging his friends and family in a good game of chess.