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ALISA WEILERSTEIN ‒ BIOGRAPHY
Described by New York magazine as “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello” for her natural virtuosic command, technical precision and impassioned musicianship, Alisa Weilerstein was born in 1982 into a distinguished musical family (her father Donald was first violin in the Cleveland Quartet; her mother is the noted pianist Vivian Weilerstein). She made her professional debut with the Cleveland Orchestra when she was 13 and her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in March 1997. A graduate of the Young Artist ... Read more

ALISA WEILERSTEIN ‒ BIOGRAPHY
Described by New York magazine as “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello” for her natural virtuosic command, technical precision and impassioned musicianship, Alisa Weilerstein was born in 1982 into a distinguished musical family (her father Donald was first violin in the Cleveland Quartet; her mother is the noted pianist Vivian Weilerstein). She made her professional debut with the Cleveland Orchestra when she was 13 and her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in March 1997. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, she was appointed artist-in-residence at the institute beginning August 2009. In May 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History.
In November 2009, Alisa Weilerstein was one of four artists selected to participate in a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and playing for guests including President Obama and the First Family. In December 2009 she was the soloist on a tour of Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. In April 2010, she made her Berlin Philharmonic debut with conductor Daniel Barenboim, a concert televised live around the world and repeated in Oxford the following month when the Guardian wrote: “Alisa Weilerstein gave the most technically complete and emotionally devastating performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto that I have ever heard live.”
In August 2010, Weilerstein made her BBC Proms debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a work she performed in March and April 2011 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov on a US tour. Other engagements in 2011 included concerts at the Aspen, Rheingau and Tanglewood festivals and with the Baltimore, City of Birmingham, Frankfurt Radio, Houston, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony orchestras, as well as recitals at the Helsinki Spring Light Chamber Music Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Princeton and Toronto.
2012 includes concerts with the Berlin Staatskapelle (Elgar and Carter concertos with Barenboim), the Hamburg, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, the Cleveland, Gulbenkian, Hallé (Elgar Concerto with Sir Mark Elder), Minnesota, Philadelphia (Elgar Concerto with Gianandrea Noseda) and Philharmonia orchestras, as well as the Mahler Chamber and Frankfurt Radio, Montreal, San Francisco and Toronto Symphony orchestras. Recital appearances include Amsterdam, Arnhem, Bilbao, Bologna, Boston, Frankfurt, Haifa, New York (Lincoln Center) and San Francisco, and at the Aspen, Delft Chamber, Jerusalem Chamber, Prague Autumn, Piatigorsky Cello (Los Angeles), Spoleto (Charleston) and Vail festivals. Plans for 2013 include US tours with pianist Inon Barnatan, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and National Symphony Orchestra as well as performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2011, Alisa Weilerstein signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics. Her first recording under the agreement, a coupling of the concertos by Elgar and Elliott Carter, with Barenboim conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle, is being released in November 2012.

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ALISA WEILERSTEIN ‒ BIOGRAPHY
Described by New York magazine as “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello” for her natural virtuosic command, technical precision and impassioned musicianship, Alisa Weilerstein was born in 1982 into a distinguished musical family (her father Donald was first violin in the Cleveland Quartet; her mother is the noted pianist Vivian Weilerstein). She made her professional debut with the Cleveland Orchestra when she was 13 and her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in March 1997. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, she was appointed artist-in-residence at the institute beginning August 2009. In May 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History.
In November 2009, Alisa Weilerstein was one of four artists selected to participate in a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and playing for guests including President Obama and the First Family. In December 2009 she was the soloist on a tour of Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. In April 2010, she made her Berlin Philharmonic debut with conductor Daniel Barenboim, a concert televised live around the world and repeated in Oxford the following month when the Guardian wrote: “Alisa Weilerstein gave the most technically complete and emotionally devastating performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto that I have ever heard live.”
In August 2010, Weilerstein made her BBC Proms debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a work she performed in March and April 2011 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov on a US tour. Other engagements in 2011 included concerts at the Aspen, Rheingau and Tanglewood festivals and with the Baltimore, City of Birmingham, Frankfurt Radio, Houston, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony orchestras, as well as recitals at the Helsinki Spring Light Chamber Music Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Princeton and Toronto.
2012 includes concerts with the Berlin Staatskapelle (Elgar and Carter concertos with Barenboim), the Hamburg, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, the Cleveland, Gulbenkian, Hallé (Elgar Concerto with Sir Mark Elder), Minnesota, Philadelphia (Elgar Concerto with Gianandrea Noseda) and Philharmonia orchestras, as well as the Mahler Chamber and Frankfurt Radio, Montreal, San Francisco and Toronto Symphony orchestras. Recital appearances include Amsterdam, Arnhem, Bilbao, Bologna, Boston, Frankfurt, Haifa, New York (Lincoln Center) and San Francisco, and at the Aspen, Delft Chamber, Jerusalem Chamber, Prague Autumn, Piatigorsky Cello (Los Angeles), Spoleto (Charleston) and Vail festivals. Plans for 2013 include US tours with pianist Inon Barnatan, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and National Symphony Orchestra as well as performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2011, Alisa Weilerstein signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics. Her first recording under the agreement, a coupling of the concertos by Elgar and Elliott Carter, with Barenboim conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle, is being released in November 2012.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

ALISA WEILERSTEIN ‒ BIOGRAPHY
Described by New York magazine as “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello” for her natural virtuosic command, technical precision and impassioned musicianship, Alisa Weilerstein was born in 1982 into a distinguished musical family (her father Donald was first violin in the Cleveland Quartet; her mother is the noted pianist Vivian Weilerstein). She made her professional debut with the Cleveland Orchestra when she was 13 and her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in March 1997. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, she was appointed artist-in-residence at the institute beginning August 2009. In May 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History.
In November 2009, Alisa Weilerstein was one of four artists selected to participate in a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and playing for guests including President Obama and the First Family. In December 2009 she was the soloist on a tour of Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. In April 2010, she made her Berlin Philharmonic debut with conductor Daniel Barenboim, a concert televised live around the world and repeated in Oxford the following month when the Guardian wrote: “Alisa Weilerstein gave the most technically complete and emotionally devastating performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto that I have ever heard live.”
In August 2010, Weilerstein made her BBC Proms debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä playing Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, a work she performed in March and April 2011 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov on a US tour. Other engagements in 2011 included concerts at the Aspen, Rheingau and Tanglewood festivals and with the Baltimore, City of Birmingham, Frankfurt Radio, Houston, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony orchestras, as well as recitals at the Helsinki Spring Light Chamber Music Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Princeton and Toronto.
2012 includes concerts with the Berlin Staatskapelle (Elgar and Carter concertos with Barenboim), the Hamburg, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, the Cleveland, Gulbenkian, Hallé (Elgar Concerto with Sir Mark Elder), Minnesota, Philadelphia (Elgar Concerto with Gianandrea Noseda) and Philharmonia orchestras, as well as the Mahler Chamber and Frankfurt Radio, Montreal, San Francisco and Toronto Symphony orchestras. Recital appearances include Amsterdam, Arnhem, Bilbao, Bologna, Boston, Frankfurt, Haifa, New York (Lincoln Center) and San Francisco, and at the Aspen, Delft Chamber, Jerusalem Chamber, Prague Autumn, Piatigorsky Cello (Los Angeles), Spoleto (Charleston) and Vail festivals. Plans for 2013 include US tours with pianist Inon Barnatan, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and National Symphony Orchestra as well as performances of Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2011, Alisa Weilerstein signed an exclusive contract with Decca Classics. Her first recording under the agreement, a coupling of the concertos by Elgar and Elliott Carter, with Barenboim conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle, is being released in November 2012.

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