Elinor Frey
Hailed as an "Impeccable cellist" by Montreal's La Presse, and "A superb cellist" by the Syracuse Post-Standard, Elinor Frey enjoys performing unaccompanied and chamber music recitals and teaching. Recognized for presenting dynamic and personal performances for her audiences, this season she will perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Rogue Valley Symphony and the Vivaldi b minor Concerto, both in Ashland, Oregon and a recital at Bowdoin College, Maine. Passionate advocate of new music, Elinor served as the cellist of the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble in 2004/5 and is currently a guest artist with the Society for New Music (Syracuse, NY) and Ensemble KORE (Montreal, QC). With the New Juilliard Ensemble, she gave the New York premiere of Betsy Jolas's concerto, "Wanderlied" in Alice Tully Hall. She also gave the July 2007 world premiere of Steven Stucky's Dialoghi, a solo cello piece written for her and the title track on her debut album on the Yarlung Records label. In 2008 her appearances included 5 chamber concerts in Turkey, unaccompanied cello tours including recitals and master classes at Cornell University, Mesa State University, and Ithaca College, a recital at the American Academy in Rome, and a long-term residency at the Banff Centre.

Through generous grants from supporters, Elinor plays on a beautiful 1962 Mario Gadda cello, a Louis Begin baroque bow, and a superb Charles Espey modern bow which she recently commissioned. Elinor is also recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant for upcoming research and study in Como, Italy, winner of the 2004 Ladies Musical Club of Seattle competition and of the Virtu Foundation Scholarship.

Currently Doctor of Music candidate at McGill University, where she is also a course instructor, Elinor studies baroque cello with Susie Napper and modern cello with Matt Haimovtiz, facilitating her thesis on Italian unaccompanied cello music. Elinor received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a B.M. from the Mannes College of Music. Elinor has served on numerous faculties including the Ithaca College Summer Chamber Music Institute, CAMMAC Ontario, the Ithaca Suzuki Institute, and Orvieto Musica in Italy.

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