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2008 Events

Elinor Frey, cello

4pm Sunday March 30, 2008
United Presbyterian Church
Church Street
Cortland, NY


Cellist Elinor Frey received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in May 2005 and Bachelor of Music from the Mannes College of Music in 2001. Her principal teachers were Bonnie Hampton, Hans Jensen, Orlando Cole, and Barbara Mallow. An advocate of new music, Elinor served as cellist of the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble in 2004/5. With the New Juilliard Ensemble she gave the New York premiere of Betsy Jolas's concerto Wanderlied in Alice Tully Hall. Recently she gave the July 2007 world premiere of Steven Stucky's Dialoghi, a solo cello piece written for her. Elinor participated in summer festivals at Kneisel Hall, the Norfolk Contemporary Session, Fontainebleau, Hans Jensen's master class in Guimaraes, Portugal, and the 2006 London Master Classes with Ralph Kirshbaum.

As a touring chamber musician, Elinor has performed throughout the US and Canada, including solo appearances with the Edmonton and Bartlesville Symphonies. She is winner of the 2004 Ladies Musical Club of Seattle competition and the Virtu Foundation Scholarship. Through generous grants from supporters, Elinor plays on a beautiful 1962 Mario Gadda cello and a superb Charles Espey bow which she recently commissioned. As a cello instructor, including full Suzuki training, and a chamber music coach, Elinor has served on the faculties of the Hudson River School, the Music Institute of Long Island, Guelph Youth Music Center, at CAMMAC Ontario, and at the 2007 Ithaca College Chamber Music Institute.

Next season's highlights include a long-term residency at the Banff Centre, a recital tour in April including performances at Cornell University and the American Academy in Rome, Italy, Elgar Cello Concerto with the Rogue Valley Symphony, and the release of Elinor's debut album of solo cello and duo works with pianist David Fung on the Yarlung Records label.

This concert is organized by Cortland Music and supported by:

The New York State Music Fund,
established by the New York State Attorney General at
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.