Scott O’Donnell is from Endwell New York. He began studying the violin at seven years old. At the age of twelve he began private lessons with Maryanne Wallenberg, Concert Master of the Binghamton Symphony, and Peter Marsh, first violinist of the Lennox Quartet. Five years later he continued his violin studies with Elmar Olivera, the first American violinist to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. Shortly after Scott attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he became a student of the world-renowned pedagogue, Professor Raphael Bronstein. Scott later moved to Miami Florida where he attended the University of Miami under the tutelage of Glenn Basham and earned
a Masters of the Arts degree in violin performance. It was during this time that Scott took an interest in playing the viola. He became fascinated with the sound of the instrument and realized this was the sound he had been searching for.
Scott O’Donnell was the Principal violist of The Palm Beach Opera for twenty years. He is the Principal Violist of The Symphonia at Boca Raton, Principal/ Assistant Principal violist of The Florida Grand Opera, and Assistant Principal Violist of The Palm Beach Symphony. He also has extensive chamber music experience and has many classical music credits. Scott has also recorded with Barbara Streisand, Barry Gib, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, and Michael Jackson to name a few.