Elinor Frey

Orpheus Research Centre welcomes Elinor Frey as a visiting researcher

News February 23, 2022

Resounding Libraries cluster - March 2022

​Elinor Frey will visit the Orpheus Institute in March 2022 with support from a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. As a temporary member of the Resounding Libraries cluster, she will carry out research on her project “Jean Baur and the Early Parisian Cello”.

Elinor Frey is a leading Canadian-American cellist, gambist, and researcher. Her albums on Passacaille and Analekta – many of which are world premiere recordings – are the fruit of long collaborations with artists such as Suzie LeBlanc, Marc Vanscheeuwijck, and Lorenzo Ghielmi, as well as with composers including Maxime McKinley, Linda Catlin Smith, and Lisa Streich. Elinor’s recording of cello sonatas by Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco received a Diapason d’Or and her critical editions of Dall’Abaco’s cello music is published in collaboration with Walhall Editions.

Elinor has performed throughout the Americas and in Europe in recitals and with numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras. In April 2022, she welcomes the CD release of Early Italian Cello Concertos, a collaboration with Rosa Barocca orchestra.

Recipient of dozens of grants and prizes supporting performance and research, including the US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship, Elinor holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard. She teaches early cello at Université de Montréal, lectures at McGill University, and is a Visiting Fellow in Music (2019–2022) at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. Frey was awarded Québec’s Opus Prize for “Performer of the Year” in 2021.