Alisa Weilerstein

“A young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition… Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship,” stated the MacArthur Foundation, when awarding American cellist Alisa Weilerstein a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship. An exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, Alisa was the first cellist to be signed by the label for over 20 years.

Her debut recording of the Elgar and Elliott Carter cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin was named BBC Music magazine’s
“Recording of the Year 2013.” Weilerstein’s second Decca release, featuring Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, revealed a “take-no-prisoners emotional investment that is evident in every bar” (New York Times). In 2010, she was invited by Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic to play the Elgar concerto in the orchestra’s annual Europakonzert which took place in Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. She has appeared with all of the major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Alisa’s busy European 2015-16 schedule sees return visits to the Czech Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestre de Paris and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She will also appear with, amongst others, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, London Symphony Orchestra and WDR Cologne.

Alisa is an ardent champion of new music and last season she gave the New York premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Reflections on Narcissus under the composer’s direction during the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial. In the 15-16 season she will premiere concertos by Pascal Dusapin and Matthias Pintscher in North America and Europe. Weilerstein is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged 9, she is now a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.