Elise Blake, described as "a violinist of outstanding technical accomplishment and a musician of inordinate sensitivity" by conductor Steven White (Metropolitan Opera), has performed at notable venues in the United States and abroad including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, the 'Globe Theatre' of Villa Borghese (Rome, Italy), and the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès (Strasbourg, France). She holds a Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and is currently based in Washington, DC.
Described as "a violinist of outstanding technical accomplishment and a musician of inordinate sensitivity" by conductor Steven White (Metropolitan Opera), Elise Blake is a versatile and experienced performer of a chamber, solo, and orchestral repertoire.
Based in the Washington, DC region since 2015, Elise has performed with the Annapolis, Baltimore, Delaware, Harrisburg, Maryland, Richmond, and Virginia Symphonies, the Eclipse and Baltimore Chamber Orchestras, and the National Philharmonic, among others. Elise adores opera and has played in orchestras for Wolf Trap Opera, Sarasota Opera, Rhymes With Opera, UrbanArias, and Virginia Opera and has served as concertmaster for Charlottesville Opera, Opera Roanoke, and Heritage Theatre. 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, TN.
Committed to the music of living composers, Elise performs with the GRAMMY-nominated INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra, the innovative PostClassical Ensemble, and the New Orchestra of Washington. For the third year she plays with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music which has "made the contemporary repertoire sound urgent, indispensable, and even sexy" (Allan Ulrich, Financial Times). Elise works with many of today's leading composers including Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Missy Mazzoli, John Adams, Matthew Aucoin, Anna Clyne, Christopher Rouse, John Corigliano, Sean Shepherd, Mason Bates, and Stewart Copeland.
Elise's recent chamber and solo engagements include recitals at James Madison University, Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Mary Baldwin College; Handel opera arias alongside illustrious soprano Elizabeth Futral; and numerous collaborations at festivals including Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, MostArts Festival, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and the Orchestra Festival Geminiani (Tuscany, Italy). She is a founding member of Femina Camera Trio and the Afton String Quartet. Elise has performed with members of the Cassatt, St. Petersburg, Audubon, and Amernet string quartets, and her coaches include many members of the Boston Symphony as well as Gilbert Kalish, Maria Lambros, Robert Merfeld, Michael Kannen, and Raphael Hillyer.
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Originally from New England, Elise Blake holds a Masters of Music degree in Violin Performance from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and completed her undergraduate training at Boston University's School of Music. Her principal teachers were Bayla Keyes and Shirley Givens with additional studies under Pamela Frank, Herbert Greenberg, and Elisabeth Adkins.