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After Success of Her Duo Album Release, MacArthur Fellow Alisa Weilerstein Returns to the U.S. This Fall

MacArthur fellow and exclusive Decca recording artist Alisa Weilerstein scored the latest in a string of CD successes with the release of her debut duo album with Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan, Rachmaninov and Chopin Cello Sonatas. The UK’s Guardian admired the cellist’s “expansive, sweeping lyricism” and “searching quality that really holds the ear,” while Sinfini Music – calling it “a musical conversation between equals” and a source of “pure pleasure” – named the record its “Album of the Week.” Following a European recital tour with Barnatan, Weilerstein now looks forward to launching her U.S. season in company with members of her musical family. Together with her parents, violinist Donald Weilerstein and pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, she performs as the Weilerstein Trio at Boston’s Jordan Hall (Nov 23) and New York’s Juilliard School (Dec 8). And, having just announced news of her pregnancy, she joins her husband, Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, for Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Symphony, where she undertook an artistic residency last year (Dec 4 & 5). Captured live in concert for future album release, her account of the same concerto with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Bavarian Radio Symphony last month was pronounced “truly outstanding” (Abendzeitung-München).

Weilerstein’s existing Decca discography comprises a series of bona fide hits. Her recording of Elgar and Elliott Carter concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin was named “Recording of the Year” by BBC Music; her Dvorák concerto with the Czech Philharmonic topped the U.S. classical charts last summer; and Solo, her compilation of unaccompanied 20th-century cello music, was declared an “uncompromising and pertinent portrait of the cello repertoire of our time” (ResMusica, France).

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Alisa Weilerstein: fall engagements

Nov 23
Boston, MA
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory
Weilerstein Trio (with Donald Weilerstein, violin; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano)
SCHUMANN: Trio for Piano and Strings, No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63
SHOSTAKOVICH: Suite of Romances, Op. 127 (with Erica Petrocelli, soprano)

Dec 4 & 5
Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Rafael Payare
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 2

Dec 8
New York, NY
The Juilliard School
Weilerstein Trio (with Donald Weilerstein, violin; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano)

Dec 11–13
San Diego, CA
San Diego Symphony / Jahja Ling
BRAHMS: Double Concerto (with Jeff Thayer, violin)

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