Alisa Weilerstein CELLO

“A young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition… Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship,” stated the MacArthur Foundation, when awarding American cellist Alisa Weilerstein a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship. An exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, Alisa was the first cellist to be signed by the label for over 20 years.

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Her debut recording of the Elgar and Elliott Carter cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin was named BBC Music magazine’s “Recording of the Year 2013.” Weilerstein’s second Decca release, featuring Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, revealed a “take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar” (New York Times). Solo, a compilation of unaccompanied 20th Century cello music, is due to be released in early October 2014. The album’s centerpiece will be Kodály’s Sonata for solo cello, a signature work in which the cellist has impressed the New York Times with her “staggering performance.”

The American-born cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted attention worldwide for her natural virtuosity, intensity of her playing and the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations. In 2010, she was invited by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic to play the Elgar concerto in the orchestra’s annual Europakonzert which that year took place in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. She has appeared with all of the major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe with conductors including Pablo Heras-Casado, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Matthias Pintscher, Yuri Temirkanov, Juraj Valcuha, Osmo Vänskä, Semyon Bychkov, Simone Young and Jaap van Zweden. She has also appeared at major music festivals throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and as a chamber musician.

Alisa’s 2014-15 season includes return engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland & Philadelphia orchestras. Her busy European schedule sees return visits to the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic & the Hallé Orchestra. She will also appear with, amongst others, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonhalle Zurich, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. Also in this season she will give duo recitals with Inon Barnatan throughout Europe and North America.

An ardent champion of new music, she has worked extensively with Osvaldo Golijov and premiered works by Lera Auerbach and Joseph Hallman. This season she gave the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Reflections on Narcissus under the composer’s direction during the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial. She appears at major music festivals worldwide, and regularly collaborates with Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the El Sistema education programme.

Weilerstein, whose honours include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 9, she is now a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

For more information on Ms. Weilerstein, please visit her Facebook fan page, her Twitter page (@AWeilerstein), and her website www.alisaweilerstein.com

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