The Galant Violoncello Piccolo: Milan to Naples
In her first appearance with the Dorian Baroque Orchestra, Elinor Frey will dazzle us on the five-string piccolo cello playing concerti by Sammartini and Leo. The program celebrates the Galant style in Naples and Milan and includes orchestral pieces by Scarlatti and Lonati.
Fascinated with the cello's origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Frey's honors include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and American Musicological Society and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Les Idées hereuses, Tafelmusik, Ensemble Caprice, Studio de musique ancienne, Theatre of Early Music, Les Violon du Roy, Arion, and Bradamante, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition and second prize winners in the 2014 International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht.
Frey's debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky. Her two releases on the Belgian label Passacaille include Berlin Sonatas (2015) with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano and La voce del violoncello (2013), 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 was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. Frey holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard.
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