Violinist Eleanor Dunbar is an accomplished and commanding artist, performing regularly as a soloist, chamber music enthusiast, and concertmaster. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Violin Performance under the direction of Emanuel Borok. During her education at SMU, she was awarded the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, given to an outstanding music major each year.
A native of California, Eleanor began her musical education at the young age of three. Under the tutelage of violinist Gail Gerding Mellert, she began her performance career throughout California, entered and placed in many competitions, and appeared as a soloist with symphonies such as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. From a young age, she attended music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. At the age of sixteen, she began her undergraduate studies at Southern Methodist University. Eleanor has been honored to share the stage with incredible artists such as Roberto and Andrés Díaz, the Escher Quartet, Chee-Yun Kim, Alessio Bax, and many more. She continues to perform throughout the country presenting recitals and performing with esteemed orchestras.
Also as an avid chamber musician, Eleanor is a founding member of the Cézanne Quartet with whom she performs regularly. The quartet was named the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University in the fall of 2015.
Eleanor plays on a violin made in 1896 by Joseph Anthony Chanot in London, England.