Bradamante, meaning "wild lover" in Italian, is the dazzling new duo collaboration between cellists Shirley Hunt and Elinor Frey. Bradamante, legendary female knight of the great epic poem Orlando Furioso, is also the ancestor of the powerful and music-loving d'Este family, Italy's first great patrons of the cello in the 17th century. With Bradamante as their inspiration, Shirley and Elinor celebrate the passions of the first famous composer-cellists, performing works by Gabrielli, Boccherini, Bononcini, Barriere and more.
Elinor produces and programs this concert series in Montréal. Each concert, free and open to the public, features an instrument or era and is ideally held in an alternative concert space.