Alisa Weilerstein, Cellist


Alisa Weilerstein plays Bach's Cello Suite No.3, Gigue


Alisa Weileretein Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85 1st movement

Alisa Weilerstein, Biography

Alisa Weilerstein (USA, New York, born April 14, 1982) is a classical cellist whose recording with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle became the BBC music magazine’s Recording of the Year 2013. Her new Decca compilation “Solo” are unaccompanied 20th-century cello music. The album’s centerpiece is Kodály’s Sonata, a signature work that Weilerstein also performs on the sound track of If I Stay, a 2014 feature film in which she makes a cameo appearance as herself.

Childhood and Youth

Alisa Weilerstein started playing the cello at age 4. Her parents are the violinist Donald Weilerstein and pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. Together they perform as the Weilerstein Trio. Her brother is the violinist and conductor Joshua Weilerstein (born in 1987). Alisa made her debut at age 13 with the Cleveland Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Weilerstein has received a number of honors. Aged 18, in 2000-2001 she won an Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected to play in the ECHO "Rising Stars" program and Chamber Music Society II, the young artists' program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2006 she was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In 2011 she received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant".

Adult Life

Weilerstein plays a 1790 William Forster Cello. She appears at major music festivals worldwide, and regularly collaborates with Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the El Sistema education program. Her honors include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

For her current season, please go to  Alisa Weilerstein’s page:

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