Alisa Weilerstein

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
Alisa Weilerstein

Entering her second season as artistic partner with the Trondheim Soloists, cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins the ensemble on two European tours this fall. Their first album, Transfigured Night (Pentatone, 2018), features Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Haydn’s cello concertos. Other season highlights include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Houston, Detroit, San Diego, and London symphony orchestras. She gives solo performances of Bach’s complete cello suites and joins Inon Barnatan in repertoire by Brahms and Shostakovich at London’s Wigmore Hall, Milan’s Sala Verdi, and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw. Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, she and Mr. Barnatan perform Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas on a US tour, and his Triple Concerto with violinist Guy Braunstein and the Dresden Philharmonic. Her recording of the latter with Stefan Jackiw, Mr. Barnatan, and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by Alan Gilbert, was released by Pentatone this fall.

Alisa Weilerstein’s recording of the Elgar and Elliott Carter Cello Concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin was named BBC Music’s 2013 Recording of the Year, and her recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic topped the US classical chart.

Ms. Weilerstein’s career milestones include Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Barenboim, and a White House performance for President and Mrs. Obama. She has collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov and Matthias Pintscher and premiered works by Lera Auerbach and Joseph Hallman. Alisa Weilerstein was awarded a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, 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.

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