Eli Spindel is a violinist and conductor, and the founder of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. He studied violin with Clayton Hoener, Betty-Jean Hagen, and Liz Chang, and conducting with Eduardo Navega and Harold Farbermann. An alumnus of Vassar College, he also studied at the Bard Conducting Institute, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and the preparatory divisions of the Longy School and the New England Conservatory. In New York he has peformed with the Astoria Symphony, Empire State Opera, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the CUNY Graduate Center. A Brooklyn Philharmonic Teaching Artist, he teaches violin at PS 194 “Raoul Wallenberg” in Brooklyn. He also teaches at PS 321 and PS 230 through the Brooklyn Conservatory Music Partners program. As a writer and editor he has worked for the International Center of Photography, PEN America Journal, Umbrage Books, and MSN News. He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.