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Elinor Frey, qui est fascinée par les origines du violoncelle et par le processus créatif de musiques nouvelles, joue aussi bien des instruments d’époque que des instruments modernes. Elle a, entre autres, bénéficié d’un US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship au cours duquel elle a étudié le violoncelle baroque avec Paolo Beschi à Côme ainsi que de bourses du SSHRC et du Conseil des Arts du Canada au titre de ses travaux sur la musique italienne, tant baroque que moderne, pour violoncelle solo. Elle s’est produite en concert avec Ensemble Caprice, Tafelmusik, The Society for New Music, Les Idées Heureuses, Arion, Theatre of Early Music, ainsi que Pallade Musica, premier prix de la Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition en 2012 et deuxième prix de la Van Wassenaer Competition en 2014. Elle a également joué des concertos et des récitals et donné des cours de maîtrise dans le monde entier. Ses deux albums baroques, Berlin Sonatas (2015) et La voce del violoncello (2013), édités par la maison belge Passacaille, a reçu des critiques très élogieuses. Le titre de son premier album, Dialoghi, sorti chez Yarlung Records en 2008, est emprunté à la pièce pour violoncelle seul que le compositeur Steven Stucky lui a dédiée. Elinor Frey a obtenu en 2012 son doctorat en musique à l’université McGill. Elle est également diplômée du Mannes College of Music et de la Juilliard School.

Fascinated by the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Her recent release on the Belgian label Passacaille, Berlin Sonatas with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, was nominated for a Juno award for Best Classical CD, Solo & Chamber Music 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 was the winner of the public prize at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. In May 2017, she released Fiorè, the world premiere recording of the sonatas of Angelo Maria Fiorè and various unknown Italian arias the, performed alongside Lorenzo Ghielmi and Suzie LeBlanc.

Frey’s debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky. Her recent commissions for the Baroque cello are by Scott Godin, Linda Catlin Smith, Ken Ueno, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Maxime McKinley, and Lisa Streich. She recently performed Lutoslawski’s cello concerto and a new work by Colin Labadie with the Laurier Symphony and in April 2018 she will premiere a new concerto by Keiko Devaux with Ensemble Arkea and conductor Dina Gilbert.

Frey’s honours include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, American Musicological Society, and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Il Gardellino, Ensemble Caprice, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Idées heureuses, Arion, Clavecin en concert, and Theatre of Early Music, 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 holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard.

5/2017 - Travel Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec (CALQ), for performances in Europe.

3/2017 - Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec (CALQ) - Soutien à la consolidation des organismes artistiques à la relève de Montréal 2016-2017, for professional growth of Pallade Musica.

2/2017 - Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Professional Musicians for 2 months research in Italy

2/2017 - Canada Council for the Arts, Touring Grant, tour with Lorenzo Ghielmi, July 2017.

3/2016 - Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, to Italy June 2016.

2/2016 - Nomination, Juno Award, CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE.

2/2016 - Grant, New Music USA, to commission new work from Ken Ueno.

2/2016 - Winner, Prix Opus, Québec. Disque de l’année (Musiques Médiévale, de la renaissance, Baroque), “Berlin Sonatas” Elinor Frey and Lorenzo Ghielmi, Passacaille Records.

1/2016 - Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant, Pallade Musica concert May 29, 2016.

11/2015 - Nomination, Prix Opus, Québec, Concert de l’année (Musiques Médiévale, de la renaissance, Baroque) “Franciscello", Les Idées heureuses, February 8, 2015.

11/2015 - Nomination, Prix Opus, Québec. Concert de l’année (Musiques Médiévale, de la renaissance, Baroque). “Elles : musique instrumentale et vocale autour de la féminité et de la force de caractère”, Pallade Musica, March 6, 2015.

9/2014 - Canada Council for the Arts, Production Grant, Pallade Musica

9/2014 - Canada Council for the Arts, Touring Grant, Pallade Musica

9/2014 - 2nd Prize Winner, International Van Wassenaer Competition Pallade Musica Ensemble Baroque, Utrecht, Netherlands.

8/2014 - Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Professional Musicians

4/2014 - Award recipient, Janet Levy Fund for Independent Scholars, American Musicological Society.

3/2014 & 8/2013 - Travel Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec (CALQ)

8/2013 - Audience Prize, Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

10/2012- Grand Prize Winner, Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition, Pallade Musica

10/2012 - Grantee, F. A. C. T. O. R. Juried Sound Recording Program

9/2012 - Finalist, Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Named “Alternate.”

3/2012- Winner, Emerging Artist competition, Ensemble Transmission, Montréal, Quebec.

2012 - McGill Schulich School of Music Recording Project Competition Prize

2012 - Nomination, Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) Graduate Student Award of Merit.

2011- McGill Schulich School of Music GREAT Award and Dean’s Travel Award

2011-2012 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement.

2011- Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant

2009-2010 - US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship Program

2009-2012 - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship

2009 - Canada Council for the Arts Grants to Professional Musicians

2004 - Winner, Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition

2002-2006 - Virtu Foundation Scholarship Competition. Cello loan