Susan Blake graduated as Student of the Year from the Sydney Conservatorium of music in 1978. She won the ABC Concerto Competition in 1977, performing the Elgar ‘cello concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, followed by a national tour.
After winning a Churchill Fellowship, Ms Blake completed postgraduate studies at the Basel Music Academy, studying with Heinrich Schiff, graduating in 1982 with the Solistendiplom.
In 1995, Ms Blake completed further specialist study in Baroque and Classical 'cello with Anner Bylsma.
Since 1985, Ms Blake has been Lecturer in ‘cello and chamber music at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2010. Ms Blake regularly gives summer courses in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.
As well as teaching, Ms Blake is a frequent soloist with orchestras and ensembles in Australia and Europe and records for ABC Radio, ABC Classics, Sounds Australia and Tall Poppies.
Ms Blake has extensive interest in 18th century music, performing regularly with other specialists playing on original instruments. As a founding member of the "Ensemble of the Classic Era", Susan has toured extensively for Musica Viva Australia and has performed at all the major music festivals.
Susan Blake plays a ‘cello made by Giovanni Grancino in Milan in 1701.