Fascinated by the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments.
Her recent release, Berlin Sonatas with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, was nominated for a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble and won the 2015 Québec Opus Prize for Early Music CD of the year. Her first Baroque CD, La voce del violoncello, was praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star) and for the “honest, reflective beauty of her music making” (Strings). Her performance of this program won the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. In summer 2017, she released Fiorè, the world premiere recording of sonatas by Angelo Maria Fiorè and of various unknown Italian arias, performed with Suzie LeBlanc. Frey’s debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky.
Frey’s honours include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship to study baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and grants from the American Musicological Society and Canada Council for the Arts grants to facilitate her work on Italian cello music. Frey holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard.