Two time Grammy Award winning bassist Eliot Wadopian marked 2012 as his fortieth year as a performer on the bass. During his career Eliot has enjoyed close collaboration with many artist in the US and abroad. He has over one hundred album recordings to his credit in several musical styles. His extensive performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia holding the bass chair for such artist as: Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Consort, World Fusion trio Free Planet Radio, cellist/composer Eugene Friesen, choral composer and pianist Paul Halley, jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpet virtuoso Jon Faddis, jazz pianist/composer Hal Galper, world percussionist Glen Velez, west coast jazz pianist/pedagogue Mark Lavine, pianist/humorist Steve Allen, legendary jazz guitarist Gene Burtoncini, Russian vocal group the Dimitri Pokrovski Ensemble, Pianist/composer Paul Sullivan, Brazilian guitarist/producer Oscar Castro-Neves, Brazilian singer/songwriter Ivan Lins, Brazilian guitarist/songwriter Renato Braz, vocalists Judy Collins, Clay Aiken, Theresa Thomason, Danny Rivera, Fabiana Cozza, Liz Wright, virtuoso flutist Rhonda Larson and her group Ventus, the Cab Calloway Big Band, Zimbabwean Shona mbira master Chris Berry, uilleann piper Davey Spillane to name a few.
As an educator for over thirty years, Mr. Wadopian teaches privately, and formerly on the adjunct faculties of Western Carolina University and Mars Hill University. He performs regularly in the bass sections of the Asheville (NC) Symphony and Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestras and is a substitute bassist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Visit him at www.eliotwadopian.com or www.freeplanetradio.com.