Fascinated with the cello’s origins and the creative process of new music, Elinor Frey plays both period and modern instruments. Elinor’s honors include a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied baroque cello with Paolo Beschi, the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, and Canada Council for the Arts grants facilitating her work on Italian baroque and modern unaccompanied cello music. In recent seasons she has performed with Ensemble Caprice, Tafelmusik, Les Idées hereuses, and Bradamante, among others, as well as with her quartet, Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. Her debut album, Dialoghi, is titled for the solo piece written for her by Steven Stucky and her new CD, La voce del violoncello, was released Summer 2013 on the Belgian label Passacaille, praised for its “careful scholarship and brilliant layering of moods and tempos” (Toronto Star). Her performance of the program was the winner of the audience award at the 2013 Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe. Elinor holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard.