ALISA WEILERSTEIN, (Angel/EMI Classics Records Biography, February 2001)
The young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has won unanimous praise for playing that combines natural virtuosity with impassioned musicianship. Born in 1982, she began playing the cello at age four and a half and performed her first public concert six months later. A student of Richard Weiss, she is a member of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Miss Weilerstein made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in October 1995, at age 13, playing the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations. Her acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony took place in March 1997. She has also given concerts with the Albany Symphony, the California Symphony, the Canton Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic. During the 1997-98 season, she returned to the Rochester Philharmonic and made debuts with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Fosters direction and the Long Island Philharmonic. During the summer of 1998 she participated in the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and has been invited to return in 1999.
Alisa Weilerstein has also been presented in recital by the Cleveland Museum of Art and in Salida, Colorado. In March 1999, she was featured on the young artists recital series of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society in San Diego. This season she gives a recital at the Ravinia Festival as part of its winter series. Also planned is her first tour to Japan, including a Suntory Hall recital in Tokyo, in March 1999.
Miss Weilerstein regularly plays with her parents, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, as the Weilerstein Trio, which is in demand throughout the country. She first performed with them at the age of six at the Round Top Festival in Texas. Since then, the Trio has performed in Akron, Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto, as well as at the Eastman School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. Their debut recording, of the Ives Piano Trio, was released in 1998. Concerts this season take the Trio to Washington, DC. and Detroit, among many other cities.
Alisa Weilerstein has played for many musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, David Finckel, Paul Katz, Lynn Harrell and Dorothy DeLay. She was recently profiled by CBS "This Morning" as part of its nationally televised series on the Class of 2000.
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