"Eli began his musical journey with the violin at the age of three-and-a-half years old. Being the son of a violinist, he was fortunate to have a mother who taught and practiced with him every morning before school. As his mother, Maureen Riley, is a Suzuki violin teacher, Eli studied this method until the age of 12, completing 8 of 10 books under this method. In conjunction with these studies, Eli was a student at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in the pre-college program until the age of 14. Growing up in Nashville, TN, Eli was exposed to a wide range of music outside of his classical studies, and eventually took lessons from legendary fiddler Buddy Spicher, and Billy Contreras. Eli studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA from 2010 - 2012 before returning to Nashville where he now resides. He has performed with greats such as Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ali Jackson, Sherman Irby, Lee Ann Womack, Marty Stuart, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and has performed on The Grand Ole Opry as a member of the Opry House Band, as well as having performed with The Video Game Orchestra multiple times in Boston, MA. In addition to his performing, Eli has done, and continues to do, extensive recording, arranging, and composition work."