Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s 2016–17 season includes her first performances of J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites, at Caramoor, in London, and in Washington, D.C. In January the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship winner embarks on a U.S. tour to nine cities, including New York, with pianist Inon Barnatan and New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill that features the premiere of a work Joseph Hallman composed for them; she also tours Europe with Mr. Barnatan with stops in Salzburg and London. She appears with Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Royal Stockholm and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (at Carnegie Hall and in Italy and Spain), Staatskapelle Weimar, Amsterdam’s Residentie Orkest, Minnesota Orchestra, and the New World, National (in Washington, D.C., and Moscow), Dallas, and San Francisco, Sydney, and Tokyo symphony orchestras (this last, on a three-stop tour of Japan, where she also plays four solo recitals). She performs Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain… with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and gives the World Premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
An exclusive Decca Classics artist, Ms. Weilerstein releases her fifth album in September: Shostakovich’s cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Pablo Heras-Casado. Her discography also includes Dvořák’s Cello Concerto; Solo, featuring unaccompanied 20th-century cello music; and Elgar and Carter concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle.
Career milestones include Elgar’s concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Barenboim in Oxford, and a performance at The White House for President and Mrs. Obama. The new-music champion has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Pintscher, and premiered music by Lera Auerbach. She appears at music festivals worldwide, and collaborates with Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the El Sistema education program.
Winner of Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, Alisa Weilerstein 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.