Join us in concert with leading Canadian-American cellist, Elinor Frey.
Join Hart House Community Members Committee with 2023 Juno Award Winner, Elinor Frey, for best Classical Album, with Lucas Harris accompanying on the Theorbo in concert in the Hart House Music Room.
Elinor Frey specializes in reviving the work of forgotten Renaissance and Baroque composers. Her Hart House concert will highlight the compositions of Giuseppe Clemente Dall'Abaco 1710-1805, featuring rarely performed cello solos. She will be accompanied by Toronto musician, Lucas Harris, playing the Theorbo, a lute like instrument noted for its rich bass sound. Their Hart House appearance will be a unique evening that re-animates one of music's Golden Ages.
Elinor Frey is a leading Canadian-American cellist, gambist, and researcher who specializes in early music and new music. Her acclaimed CDs on the Belgian label Passacaille – most of which are world premiere recordings – include La voce del violoncello (2013), Berlin Sonatas (2015) with Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano, Fiorè (2017), which features soprano Suzie LeBlanc, and Giuseppe Clemente Dall’Abaco: Cello Sonatas (2020) which received a Diapason d’Or. Her current release is Antonio Vandini: Complete Works, a project in collaboration with Marc Vanscheeuwijck.
Her critical edition of Dall’Abaco Sonatas is published in collaboration with Walhall Editions. Frey’s album of new works for Baroque cello, titled Guided By Voices, was released on the Analekta label in 2019. In recent seasons she has performed throughout N. America and Europe, as well as ten years with Pallade Musica. Recipient of a US-Italy Fulbright Fellowship, Frey holds degrees from McGill, Mannes, and Juilliard. She teaches early cello at the University of Montréal, lectures at McGill University, and is a Visiting Fellow in Music at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. Frey was awarded Québec’s Opus Prize for “Performer of the Year” in 2021.