Elise Blake, described as "a violinist of outstanding technical accomplishment and a musician of inordinate sensitivity" by conductor Steven White (Metropolitan Opera), is a versatile and experienced performer based in Washington, DC.
Elise performs with a wide array of ensembles including the Annapolis, Baltimore, Richmond, and Virginia Symphonies, the Eclipse and Baltimore Chamber Orchestras, and the National Philharmonic. She adores opera and has played in orchestras for Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Rhymes With Opera, and UrbanArias, among others. Elise joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra full-time for the 2016/2017 season and continues to perform with Michael Stern's acclaimed IRIS Orchestra in Memphis.
Elise is a member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz, CA) which has "made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable, and even sexy" (Allan Ulrich, Financial Times). She also plays with the GRAMMY-nominated INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra and the PostClassical Ensemble here in DC. She is a founding member of Femina Camera Trio and the Afton String Quartet and has performed solo and chamber recitals at James Madison University, Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Mary Baldwin University, MostArts Festival, and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.
Originally from New England, Elise holds violin performance degrees from Boston University's School of Music and Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.