Elinor Lea is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has held this position for 17 years. She frequently appears as Concertmaster and soloist with the TSO. At the age of 19, while studying at Adelaide University, she joined the Australian String Quartet and played with them for 9 years, touring extensively within Australia and annually to Europe, the USA and Canada. While in the ASQ she recorded many CDs for the ABC Classics, Tall Poppies and Naxos labels. She has been awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society and the Advancement of Music, as well as an Advance Australia award for Outstanding Contribution in the Arts.

Elinor has maintained a strong interest in chamber music, performing with the Huon Quartet in recent years and performing regularly as a member of theĀ  Melbourne-based Melba String Quartet.