Currently a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, and The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Eleanor Blake has played under the baton of international conductors like James Levine, Andre Previn, Raphael Frühbeck De Burgos, Bernard Haitink, Oliver Knussen, and Sir Andrew Davis, and has worked with international soloists like cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and soprano Renée Fleming. In addition, Eleanor regularly plays with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Plymouth Symphony and Springfield Symphony and has preformed with the PBS broadcasted Celtic Women, as well as Il Divo. She is currently a faculty member of the Youth and Muse International Summer Music Festival. Past orchestral positions have included the National Lyric Opera of New York, and New Bedford Symphony. In September of 2015 Eleanor was selected to be a member of the orchestra used in the opening ceremony of the NFL season at Gillette Stadium on NBC. She has been a guest artist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Lyra Summer Music Festival (Vermont).
Eleanor Blake studied ‘cello at The Boston Conservatory with Ronald Feldman (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Andrew Mark (Boston Pops). It was there that she received the Susan Glover Hitchcock Award for excellence in musical academics (2000-2002) and a yearly scholarship from The Boston Conservatory
During and after graduation, Blake studied ‘cello with Alexander Baillie (Bremen Conservatory, Germany) and Mark Johnson (Vermeer Quartet), orchestral performance with Sato Knudsen (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Mihail Jojatu (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and orchestral coaching with Jules Eskin (Principal, Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Alan Stepansky (New York Philharmonic), She has participated in master classes with members of the Julliard String Quartet and Steven Doane, while her chamber coaches have included Joel Krosnick, and Claude Frank and Pamela Frank. Eleanor has held fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center and The Manchester Music Festival (Vermont), in addition to participating in Festival de Violoncelle des Cote des Isles (Normandy, France) and the American Institute for Musical Studies (Graz, Austria).
In addition to being a freelance musician throughout the New England area, Blake teaches ‘cello at her home studio in Milford, Massachusetts.