Cellist calls on Caz
By Willie Kiernan
Master cellist Elinor Frey is coming to Cazenovia's Episcopal Church, 10 Mill St. at 7:30 p.m. Sunday April 6.
"As a performer and artist, I feel very lucky to be an agent of transformation, expression, beauty, humor and many other things music can offer," she wrote in an e-mail.
Frey received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in May 2005 and a Bachelor of Music from the Mannes College of Music in 2001. She will be giving master classes and playing other concerts in Cortland, Homer, Ithaca, and Syracuse during the week before and after. She said she loves to visit new and beautiful places, but the travel becomes draining physically and emotionally.
"Ultimately, after a long day of travel, I end up on stage playing music for a community," she said. "That isn't so bad!"
Frey said she goes through phases of yoga and meditation.
"It helps my work on the cello as well as the practice of awareness," she said.
Hailed as an impeccable cellist by Montreal's La Presse, Frey is an active recitalist and chamber musician. She is recognized for presenting dynamic and personal performances for her audiences. Through generous grants from supporters, she plays a 1962 Mario Gadda cello with a Charles Espey bow. She performed at the Cazenovia Counterpoint presentation last July and is expected this year as well.
"This artist has exceptional passion and flair, and a deep commitment to living composers and their music. I was responding to those qualities when I wrote her my solo cello piece Dialoghi, which I sent her as a gift in 2006. She gave the world premiere in Cazenovia in July 2007," said Steven Stucky, Professor of Composition at Cornell University and composer for the New York Philharmonic.