A cellist with both precision and passion.

20/21 Hop Presents

Available January 2021

Musician and MacArthur Fellow Alisa Weilerstein shares a performance of technical skill and impassioned musicianship. With her talent for performing both classical and contemporary music, Weilerstein has become a distinct voice in her arena. The evening's musical program is marked by Weilerstein's intensity, sensitivity and immersion in each of the works she interprets.

About Alisa Weilerstein

When the MacArthur Foundation awarded Alisa Weilerstein the 2011 MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship, The New York Times responded by saying "Any fellowship that recognizes the vibrancy of an idealistic musician like Ms. Weilerstein…deserves a salute from everyone in classical music." Weilerstein discovered her love for the cello at just two and a half when her grandmother assembled a makeshift set of instruments from cereal boxes to entertain her while she was ill with chickenpox. In 1997, she made her first Carnegie Hall appearance with the New York Youth Symphony. 

Weilerstein has since cultivated an illustrious career. She has been an Artistic Partner with the Trondheim Soloists, Weilerstein. Their first album together, 2018's Transfigured Night released on Pentatone, features Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and both Haydn cello concertos. To celebrate Beethoven's 250th anniversary, she rejoined the Israeli pianist for a U.S. recital tour of all five of the composer's cello sonatas. Weilerstein's growing and celebrated discography includes a recording of the Elgar and Elliott Carter cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin that was named "Recording of the Year 2013" by BBC Music. In 2016 she released a "powerful and even mesmerizing" recording (San Francisco Chronicle) of Shostakovich's cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Pablo Heras-Casado. In 2009, she was one of four artists invited by Michelle Obama to participate in a widely celebrated and classical music event at the White House, featuring student workshops hosted by the First Lady and performances in front of an audience that included President Obama and the First Family.

Funded in part by the Aires Family Fund for the Performing Arts, Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3, the John M. Tiedtke 1930 Visiting Performing Artists Fund, the Patricia S. and Robert A. Levinson 1946 Fund, and the Robert S. Weil 1940 Fund

Apr 23
Friday 7:30 PM
Virtual Event: YouTube Available January 2021

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