Violinist Clayton Tillotson earned his Master of Music from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 as a student of David Perry. He previously completed an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where he studied with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman, and received a Bachelor of Music from UW-Madison in 2011. Originally from Iowa, Mr. Tillotson has performed as first violinist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Quad City Symphony, and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He has spent many summers studying and performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Meadowmount School of Music, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Five Seasons Chamber Music Festival. He has performed as a soloist with the Southeast Iowa Symphony, appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Midday as a member of the Hunt Quartet, and has performed on Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen with Madison’s Bach Around The Clock festival musicians. In addition to performing, Clayton also teaches privately, coaches chamber music for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and serves as librarian for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He plays a violin from 1919 by Victor Joseph Charotte and a bow by Joseph Arthur Vigneron circa 1895. This is his fourth summer at the Caroga Lake Music Festival.