Scott O’Donnell comes from Endwell, NY, where he began studying the violin at the age of seven. Two of Scott’s first teachers were Maryanne Wallenburg, Concertmaster of the Binghamton Symphony and Peter Marsh, first violinist of the Lennox Quartet. Five years later Scott studied with Elmar Oliviera, the first American violinist to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition. Scott attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied with Raphael Bronstein, a world-renowned pedagogue, who was the head professor of Violin at the Manhattan School of Music and Hart College, CT. Scott then attended the University of Miami, earning a MA in Violin performance with Glenn Basham. It was during this time Scott became interested in playing the viola. He was fascinated by the sound of the instrument and realized this is what really moved him and brought him closer to the sound he had been searching for.
Scott O’Donnell is Principal Violist with the Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony and the Boca Raton Symphonia. He has been Principal Violist with the Florida Grand Opera. Scott also has extensive chamber music experience. In addition to his many classical music credits Scott has a wide-range of popular music recording experience, working with artists such as Barbara Streisand, Barry Gibb, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Mark Anthony, Michael Jackson and Natalie Cole.