Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow!
Alisa Weilerstein is a young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition. As a soloist with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors, Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship. Raised in a family devoted to the arts, she began performing on the cello as a preschooler and made her public debut with a professional orchestra at the age of thirteen. Unlike many musical prodigies, Weilerstein chose to pursue a liberal arts degree while continuing to maintain a busy performance schedule as both a soloist and as a chamber musician, performing and recording with her parents as the Weilerstein Trio. While her repertoire includes the classics, Weilerstein is a tireless advocate for contemporary music, introducing audiences to works by major composers of our day and, in many cases, performing with them…
…Alisa Weilerstein received a B.A. (2004) from Columbia University. She has performed with orchestras throughout the United States and internationally, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Boston Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, among others. In 2009, she was appointed artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto is forthcoming with Decca Classics.
We offer our sincere congratulations to Ms. Weilerstein and hope to have an opportunity to talk to her in the future.
The MacArthur Fellowship is one of many incredible initiatives at the MacArthur Foundation, which supports creative individuals and institutions that are effectively building a more “just, verdant, and peaceful world.” Their fellows are visionaries in the truest sense of the word, working to impact their communities in a powerfully positive way.
We recently interviewed one of last year’s MacArthur Fellows, Community MusicWorks founder Sebastian Ruth. To read those interviews, see the links below: