Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein Appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been appointed artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. While her teaching arrangements are still being finalized, Ms. Weilerstein plans to be at CIM at least two days each semester to work with cello students.

New York-based Ms. Weilerstein, 27, is in demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and performs around 100 concerts a year. She has been described by New York magazine as “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello” and has attracted widespread attention for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship.

Ms. Weilerstein is herself a graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, and she made her Cleveland Orchestra debut when she was 13. During the 2008-09 season Ms. Weilerstein made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut performing Brahms’s Double Concerto with violinist Janine Jansen and conductor Hans Graf. She also returned to Severance Hall to perform Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with The Cleveland Orchestra and Ludovic Morlot. She will end the season by making her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with conductor Sir Mark Elder June 10 and 11. Summer festival performances include Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Vail Valley Music Festival, Britt Festival of Music and the Cabrillo Music Festival.

Last year Ms. Weilerstein was appointed a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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