American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has attracted widespread attention worldwide for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship.  The intensity of her playing has regularly been lauded, as has the spontaneity and sensitivity of her interpretations.  In September 2011 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and in 2010 she became an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, the first cellist to be signed by the prestigious label in over 30 years.

Ms. Weilerstein’s 2013-14 season includes concerts across Europe and the United States including return engagements with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony. She has performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco symphonies, and will make her debuts with Orchestra Mozart in Italy and the Osaka Philharmonic in Japan. She is also artist-in-residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Weilerstein’s debut album with Decca, released in the United States in November 2012, features performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor and the Elliott Carter Cello Concerto with conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. Her second album, consisting entirely of Dvořák works, is due for release in early 2014.

Alisa Weilerstein last performed for La Jolla Music Society in the Celebrity Orchestra Series on March 2, 2013.

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