Eleonel Molina’s career has spanned many continents, combining both classical and popular music. In the United States, Molina has played with the former National Chamber Orchestra (now National Philharmonic), the National Gallery of Art Orchestra, the Harlem Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony’s Soulful Symphony, and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, among many others. He founded Opus Strings, which introduces urban Washington children to classical and popular music performance.
In his native city of Havana, Cuba, Molina was part of the first violin sections of both the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and the Cuban National Opera and Ballet. Molina was then in the first violin section of the Montecarlo Chamber Orchestra in Montecarlo, France. Before immigrating to the United States, he was concertmaster of the Caracas Chamber Orchestra and the Venezuela National Symphony.
At such venues as Wolf Trap and the River Concert Series in St. Mary’s, MD, Molina has played with some of the leading lights in popular music, including Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, Barry White, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles, and Dog Scantling and the Imperial Band. He also played with the famous Cuban folk artist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the Venezuelan National Folk Orchestra.
Molina earned his B.M. at the National Conservatory of Art in Havana, Cuba and his M.M. at Catholic Univerity’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington, DC.