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, Bononcini, Barriere and more. Busy throughout North America and Europe as soloists and collaborators, the members of Bradamante have performed and recorded with Agave Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque, Ensemble Caprice, Ensemble Masques, Proemio, and on the Yarlung, Analeckta, and NCA labels.
Bradamante is a cello duo.
The bows are our swords.

Bradamante's BFX Fringe Concert Reviewed !!

"Two additional up-and-coming artists to watch are Shirley Hunt and Elinor Frey (the cello duo Bradamante). Their outstanding program explored interesting, little-known repertoire for two cellos by the first famous composer cellists. Their program was unusual in its variety, depth, and beauty and was of special interest to many concertgoers." Don Kaplan, Early Music America Magazine, Fall 2012

Shirley's Biography
Elinor's Biography