Biography

Biography

Eliott felt drawn to music from his earliest age and received a guitar from his parents when he was 4. He had to wait until he was 6 six and a half to receive his first private lessons and start learning the instrument in the repertoire of French song and rock (The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, …).

At the age of 8 he went to the Alsemberg Academy where he takes guitar and solfeggio lessons. Once this course was completed, Eliott discovers jazz and decides to devote himself fulltime to it.

At the age of 12 he was lucky enough to take private lessons with jazz guitarist Peter Hertmans. At the same time he joined the Waterloo Academy where he’s taught harmony and jazz ensembles with the pianist Olivier Collette, who is also his uncle.

Every year Eliott organizes a concert in which he performs together with Peter Hertmans, Benoit Vanderstraeten and Kris Duerinckx.

At the age of 14, Eliott started jazz workshops where he’s been taught by and played with Nicola Andrioli, Sam Gertsmans, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Charles Loos, Guillaume Vierset, …

He then joined “Kunsthumaniora Brussel” to study artistic humanities, in the jazz department where he’s actually attending guitar lessons with Bert Cools and ensemble lessons with Janos Bruneel, Jeroen Van Malderen, Dieter Limbourg, …

In 2020, alongside Jonathan Collin, Rémi Ghesquiere en Nero Vergaert, Eliott launches the “Collision” project with which he performs and for which he composes several pieces.

That same year, the Selection Commission for Dutch-speaking education honours him with the “topkunstenstatuut” (high level in arts status) for his level and his musical projects.

At the same time, he enters the Royal Conservatory of Brussels as a young talent and takes jazz guitar lessons with Fabien Degryse.

Eliott also had the opportunity to jam with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in Bozar and altogether regularly performs on the Belgian stage with professional musicians such as Peter Hertmans, Stéphane Mercier, Olivier Collette, Nic Thijs, Toine Thijs, Maayan Smith, Jeremy Dumont, Sal La Rocca, …

In January 2021, Eliott recorded his first album alongside Olivier Collette (piano), Sam Gerstmans (double bass), Daniel Jonkers (drums), Stéphane Guillaume (tenor sax, soprano and flute) and Peter Hertmans (guitar).

That same year, Eliott was invited by Wynton Marsalis to play at the Dizzy’s Club in New York. The session takes place in streaming, due to the coronavirus.

A few months later, he was also invited by the BJO (Brussels Jazz Orchestra) to play several pieces with the famous big band.