Cellist Alisa Weilerstein Performs Music By Dvořák On Her Second Recording For Decca / Universal Music Classics To Be Released On January 28, 2014
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s new recording for Decca/Universal Music Classics will feature the music of Antonín Dvořák, and will be released in North America on January 28, 2014. The album explores works created during the time Dvořák spent in the United States, and will feature his Cello Concerto in B minor and Silent Woods, both recorded with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic. Also included on the album are arrangements of “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, and the song Goin’ Home, written by one of Dvořák’s pupils and based on the melody from the Largo movement of his “New World” Symphony. “Song to the Moon” and Goin’ Home were recorded in New York City at the American Academy of Arts and Letters with Russian pianist Anna Polonsky.
Called “one of the most exciting American cellists of the new generation,” by The New York Times, Ms. Weilerstein recorded the Dvořák concerto at Prague’s Rudolfinum, the same hall where Dvořák conducted the Czech Philharmonic’s inaugural concert in 1896. In addition to recording her album with the Czech Philharmonic, Ms. Weilerstein also opened the Philharmonic’s 2013-14 season in September with a performance of the Dvořák concerto, and is set to perform the piece on tour with Mr. Bělohlávek and the Philharmonic during the summer of 2014. Other highlights of the 2013-14 season include performances with the Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati (where she is artist-in-residence), Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco symphonies, and with the Israel and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras. Ms. Weilerstein will make her debuts with Orchestra Mozart in Italy and the Osaka Philharmonic in Japan. She will return to the Southbank Center in London to perform with Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to perform with James Gaffigan and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She will also give a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in December as part of a European tour with pianist Inon Barnatan.
For her acclaimed debut album for the Decca/Universal Music Classics label, Ms. Weilerstein performed the concertos of Edward Elgar and Elliott Carter with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Ms. Weilerstein signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca in October 2010 and is the first cellist to sign with the record label in over thirty years.
Ms. Weilerstein’s love for the cello began when she was just two-and-a-half after her grandmother assembled a makeshift set of instruments out of cereal boxes to entertain her when she was ill with the chicken pox. Ms. Weilerstein, who was born in 1982, was instantly drawn to the Rice Krispies box cello but soon grew frustrated that it didn’t make a sound. After convincing her parents to buy her a real cello when she was four, she showed a natural affinity for the instrument and performed her first public concert six months later. Her Cleveland Orchestra debut was in October 1995, at age 13, playing the Tchaikovsky “Rococo” Variations. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony in March 1997. Ms. Weilerstein is a graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss. In May 2004, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in Russian History. In November 2008 Ms. Weilerstein, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was nine, became a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information on Ms. Weilerstein, please visit her fan page on Facebook, her Twitter page (@AWeilerstein) and her website www.alisaweilerstein.com.12/05/2013