Eliot Lev, occupant of the Isaac Stern Chair, joined the SFS violin section in 2014. Previously, he was a member of the first violin section and acting assistant concertmaster of the Utah Symphony and associate concertmaster with the Charlotte Symphony. He studied with Vadim Gluzman at Roosevelt University and later joined the New World Symphony, where he was featured as a soloist in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Eliot is an active chamber musician and coach and most recently appeared with Ensemble San Francisco, Intermezzo Chamber Music Series, Chamber Music Sundaes, and the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. He plays on a 1910 Neapolitan violin and an Ouchard bow, generously purchased by the Carey family of Boston, MA. Eliot is proud to be the first openly transgender musician in a major American orchestra. He lives in San Francisco with his fiancée, Stephanie MacAller, and their rescue dog and two cats.