Cello, is first assistant principal cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra, occupying the GAR Foundation endowed chair. Mr. Weiss is from Los Angeles. In high school, he represented California in the statewide and western regional contests of the Music Teachers National Association competition, going on to win the national first prize. At the Tanglewood Festival he was Young Artist contest winner and concerto soloist. While attending the Eastman School of Music on full merit scholarship, he won a position in the Rochester Philharmonic. During his senior year he was appointed to The Cleveland Orchestra, with which he has appeared as soloist many times. His concerto repertoire includes those by Beethoven (Triple), Brahms (Double), Dvorák, Lalo, Rôsza, Saint-Saëns (A Minor and D Minor), Schumann and Tchaikovsky. An active chamber music performer, he is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio. In the summer he teaches at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Mr. Weiss coaches the cello sections of the CIM Orchestra and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. He has appeared at several music festivals, including Aspen and Reno. Along with Cleveland Orchestra colleagues Joela Jones, Maximilian Dimoff and Donald Miller, he released a CD of Claude Bolling's Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio, available online at www.clevelandorchestra.com/html/store/MerchandiseByID.asp?TypeID=1&ID=3157. Mr. Weiss was appointed to the CIM faculty in 1985.
See him perform Ernest Bloch's Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 here: www.vimeo.com/cimvideos#8621325
Photo courtesy of Roger Mastroianni (www.rogermastroianni.com)
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