Alisa Weilerstein


Alisa Weilerstein Photo credit: Decca/Harald Hoffmann

In performances marked by intensity and sensitivity, cellist Alisa Weilerstein has long proven herself to be in possession of a distinctive musical voice. An exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics since 2010, she released her fifth album in September, playing Shostakovich’s two cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Pablo Heras-Casado. Her 2016-17 season also includes performances of Bach’s complete suites for unaccompanied cello in Washington, DC, New York, London, and at the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY. Her busy international concert schedule this season features performances of Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony; Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain… with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which co-commissioned the piece for her. In addition to her appearances as a soloist and recitalist, she is part of a core group of chamber musicians at the Spoleto Festival USA and also performs with her parents as the Weilerstein Trio, the trio-in-residence at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Awarded a 2011 MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship, she has won Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Prize, the Leonard Bernstein Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and was a member of the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) “Rising Stars” recital series and the Chamber Music Society Two program. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, Ms. Weilerstein holds a degree in history from Columbia University.