The Faculty Artist Series Presents: David Ying, cello and Elinor Freer, piano

November 28, 2017

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image of Elinor Freerimage of David YingThe Faculty Artist Series, presents two Eastman School of Music Faculty members; David Ying, cello with Elinor Freer, piano, Sunday, December 3, at 3 p.m., in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music. The program includes: Carter Pann: Differences; Poulenc: Sonata for Cello and Piano, FP 143; Mendelssohn: Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, Op. 58.

Cellist David Ying is well known to concert audiences as the cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Eastman School of Music.  With the Quartet, he has performed worldwide in celebrated music venues from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.  With the Quartet, David has created a wide range of recordings that have received consistent acclaim, as well as a Grammy Award and four Grammy nominations.

David is also highly regarded as an individual artist, having been awarded prizes in the Naumburg Cello Competition and in the Washington International Competition. As a solo cellist, he often performs with his wife, pianist Elinor Freer. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, David presently serves on the cello and chamber music faculty as Associate Professor of String Chamber Music and Associate Professor of Violoncello at Eastman.

Elinor Freer joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in 2003 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Chamber Music. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Freer has founded and produced a number of initiatives designed to bring classical music to new audiences and has presented a variety of educational and outreach performances across the country in settings ranging from inner city schools to psychiatric hospitals. For these projects, she was awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ying and Freer are married with two children together.

The Faculty Artist Series is generously supported by Patricia Ward-Baker. 

Tickets for Eastman’s Faculty Artist Series are $10 for the general public and free to current Season Subscribers. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main St.; by phone (585) 274-3000; or online at

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About Eastman School of Music:

The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training. The current dean is Jamal Rossi, appointed in 2014.

About 900 students are enrolled in Eastman’s Collegiate Division– about 500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Students come from almost every state, and approximately 20 per cent are from other countries. They are guided by more than 95 full-time faculty members. Seven Pulitzer Prize winners have taught at Eastman, as have several Grammy Award winners. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 700 concerts to the Rochester community.