Alisa Weilerstein

Violoncelle

„C'est un équilibre délicat que de respecter les connaissances que nous avons maintenant sur la façon dont ils jouaient soi-disant à l'époque, tout en étant capable de s'exprimer librement et respectueusement."
Alisa Weilerstein, New York Times, avril 2017
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Biographie

Alisa Weilerstein is one of the foremost cellists of our time. Known for her consummate artistry, emotional investment and rare interpretive depth, she was recognized with a MacArthur “genius grant” Fellowship in 2011. Today her career is truly global in scope, taking her to the most prestigious international venues for solo recitals, chamber concerts and concerto collaborations with all the preeminent conductors and orchestras worldwide.
„Weilerstein is truly a phenomenon.”UK Telegraph
With her multi-season new project, “FRAGMENTS,” Weilerstein aims to rethink the concert experience and broaden the tent for classical music. A multisensory production for solo cello, the six-chapter series sees her weave together the 36 movements of Bach’s solo cello suites with 27 new commissions. After premiering the first two chapters in Toronto in early 2023, with subsequent performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and beyond, she looks forward to touring all six chapters in seasons to come. Weilerstein recently premiered Joan Tower’s new cello concerto, A New Day, at the Colorado Music Festival. The work was co-commissioned with the Detroit Symphony; the Cleveland Orchestra, where Weilerstein performed it last fall; and the National Symphony, where she reprised it in May. An ardent proponent of contemporary music, she has also premiered and championed important new works by composers including Pascal Dusapin, Osvaldo Golijov and Matthias Pintscher.
„Weilerstein is a throwback to an earlier age of classical performers: not content merely to serve as a vessel for the composer’s wishes, she inhabits a piece fully and turns it to her own ends”New York Times
Already an authority on Bach’s music for unaccompanied cello, in spring 2020 Weilerstein released a best-selling recording of his solo suites on the Pentatone label, streamed them in her innovative #36DaysOfBach project, and deconstructed his beloved G-major prelude in a Vox.com video, viewed more than two million times. Her discography also includes chart-topping albums and the winner of BBC Music’s “Recording of the Year” award, while other career milestones include a performance at the White House for President and Mrs.Obama. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at nine years old, Weilerstein is a staunch advocate for the T1Dcommunity. She lives with her husband, Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, and their two young children.
„Weilerstein’s cello is her id. She doesn’t give the impression that making music involves will at all. She and the cello seem simply to be one and the same”Los Angeles Times
In the current 22/23 season, Weilerstein returns to longtime partner orchestras, including the NDR Elbphilarmonie Orchester under Alan Gilbert, the Rundfunk-Symphonieorchester Wien under Jakub Hrůša, the Dresdner Philharmonie under Thomas Dausgaard, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä, the New York Philharmonic under Nathalie Stutzmann, the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel.


2022/2023
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2023 / 2024
Solo
Fragments, unified

Une séries de six concerts solo de 80 minutes, comprenant chacun unse suite de Bach, des classiques du XXe siècle et 18 ouevres inédites. Ceux-ci sonst censés représenter notre monde actuel : socialement et ethniquement divers, avec unse représentation égale des sexes. Parmi les interprètes figurent Osvaldo Golijov, Allison Loggins-Hull, Reinaldo Moya, Matthias Pintscher et Joan Tower.

Discographie

Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Dmitri Shostakovich
Cello Concertos No. 1 & 2

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

Rachmaninov & Chopin
Sergey Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov
Sonata in G Minor for Cello & Piano, Op. 19
Vocalise, Op 34, No. 14

Frédéric Chopin
Sonata in G Minor for Cello & Piano, Op. 65
12 Etudes, Op. 25
Introduction & Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3

Inon Barnatan - Piano

Elgar, Carter & Bruch: Cello Concertos
Edward Elgar
Cello Concerto, Op. 85

Elliot Carter
Cello Concerto

Max Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 for Cello & Orchestra

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim - Conductor

Alisa Weilerstein - Solo
Zoltán Kodály
Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8

Osvaldo Golijov
Omaramor for Solo Cello

Gaspar Cassado
Suite for Solo Cello

Bright Sheng
Seven Tunes Heard in China

Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Antonin Dvorak
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Rondo in G minor, Op. 94
Silent Woods, Op. 68/5

Anna Polonsky - Piano
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek - Conductor

Elgar: Cello Concertos
Richard Wagner
Prelude of "Meistersinger" (Act III)

Edward Elgar
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1

Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim - Conductor

EuroArts, 2011

Weilerstein & Weilerstein
Niccolo Paganini
Variations on "Preghiera" From Rossini's "Mosè", for Violin & Guitar (or Piano), MS 23

Antonín Dvořák
Silent Woods (Klid), for Cello & Piano (arr. from "From the Bohemian Forest", B. 133), B. 173 (Op. 68/5)

Alberto Ginastera
Pampeana No. 2, Rhapsody for Cello & Piano, Op. 21

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Songs without Words for Cello & Piano in D major, Op. 109

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Pezzo capriccioso, for Cello & Orchestra (or Cello & Piano) in B minor, Op. 62

Gabriel Fauré
Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1

Leoš Janáček
Pohádka (Fairy Tale), for Cello & Piano ("The Story of Tsar Berendyey"), JW 7/5

Camille Saint-Saëns
The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 Pianos & Ensemble) and arrangements

Manuel de Falla
Suite Populaire Espagnole, for Violin & Piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski)

Vivan Hornik Weilerstein - Piano

EMI classics, 2000

Vidéos

Alisa Weilerstein en Yoram Ish-Hurwitz spelen Chopin | Podium Witteman
Brahms Double Concerto • Shaham • Boston Symphony Orchestra • Guerrero
Elgar: Cello Concerto / Weilerstein · Barenboim · Berliner Philharmoniker

Contact

Arnold Simmenauer (Director)
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Juliane Doiwa
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