Alisa Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein

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American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted attention for playing that combines virtuosic command and technical precision.  The intensity of her playing has  been lauded, as has the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretation.  A major highlight her 2010-11 season will be a 14-city tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic led by Yuri Temirkanov and Nikolai Alexeev.  Milestones of  her 2009-10 season included performing Elgar's Cello Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Daniel Barenboim, which was televised live worldwide, broadcast on the BBC, and will be released on DVD; this followed her Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Mr. Barenboim only days earlier.  In November 2009, she played at the White House and in December 2009 she toured Venezuela with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, led by Gustavoi Dudamel.  In 2008 she was awarded Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal prize for exceptional achievement and  was named  winner of the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award.  She received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2000 and recorded a CD for EMI Classics' "Debut" series in 2000.  A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, she holds a degree in Russian History from Columbia University. Ms. Weilerstein is a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.