American cellist ALISA WEILERSTEIN has been appointed visiting Artist-in-Residence. She has attracted widespread attention for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. She is a graduate of the Young Artist Program at CIM, where she studied with Richard Weiss.
She a veteran on the classical music scene, having performed with the nation’s top orchestras, given recitals in music capitals and at festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.
In November 2009, Ms. Weilerstein was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and performing in concert for guests including President Obama.
A dedicated performer of chamber music, she often plays with her parents, Donald and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, as the Weilerstein Trio, which is the Trio-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her Cleveland Orchestra debut was in October 1995, at age 13, playing the Tchaikovsky “Rococo” Variations. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in March 1997. In May 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History. Last year, she made her debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Hans Graf and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Mark Elder. She also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra under Itzhak Perlman, the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel, the Houston Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., among other orchestral engagements.
The New York Times has called her playing “staggering.” In 2008, Ms. Weilerstein was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal prize for exceptional achievement. She was named the winner of the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, which she received at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, was the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2000 and was selected for two prestigious young artists programs in 2000-01, the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) “Rising Stars” recital series and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two.Ms. Weilerstein released an acclaimed recording on EMI Classics’ “Debut” series in 2000 including works by Paganini, Dvo řák, Ginastera, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Janáĉek, Saint-Saëns, Fauré and De Falla.
Web site: www.alisaweilerstein.com
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