The Weilerstein Duo
has been widely acclaimed nationally and internationally for its performances and teaching. In 2006 the Weilersteins marked the occasion of their three-decade performing and recording career with recitals and the reissue of their Arabesque CDs. These recordings include two volumes of the complete works by Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, lauded by Fanfare as a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List,” and the sonatas of Janácek, Enescu, and Dohnanyi. The Duo’s discography also includes the complete Schumann sonatas for Azica Records. American Record Guide, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Baltimore Sun have lauded the Duo’s recordings.
Noted for dynamic performances, the Duo has given recitals at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Merkin Hall in New York City, at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, and in major cities in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and Israel. They will be premiering Joe Hallman’s concerto for violin and piano this spring with the New York Classical Players chamber orchestra in New York. The Duo returns regularly to the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program and has participated in many other festivals, including Banff, Marlboro, Aspen, Norfolk, La Jolla, Music Academy of the West, and Kneisel Hall. They have been guest artists at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Young Musician’s Festival and Keshet Eilon in Israel, the Daniel Days in Holland, and the Mendelssohn Summer school in Hamburg, Germany. They have also taught and performed throughout China, and in Venezuela as part of El Sistema. They will be teaching and performing at the Hannover Hochschule this spring, 2015.
Dedicated teachers as well as performers, the Weilersteins are currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. The Duo is in great demand for residencies and master classes. Donald Weilerstein’s students have been prizewinners in major national and international competitions. They can be heard as soloists and as members of many of today’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles. Vivian Hornik Weilerstein is the director of the Professional Piano Trio Training Program at the New England Conservatory in addition to serving on NEC’s piano and chamber music faculties. Donald and Vivian have been featured individually in Strad Magazine and More Magazine.
In his twenty years as first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, of which he was a founding member, Donald Weilerstein toured the world and made numerous recordings on the RCA, Telarc, CBS, Phillips, and Pro Arte labels. These recordings won seven Grammy nominations and Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review. Early in his career he won both the Munich and Young Concert Artists Competitions. He is the recipient of the American String Teacher’s Artist Teacher Award for 2011.
Vivian Hornik Weilerstein performs frequently as a collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles. Performances include concerts in Japan and Europe. She has been a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino. She has also recorded for the EMI debut series.
Donald and Vivian perform with Alisa Weilerstein as the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory. The Trio’s 2006 CD for Koch Records featuring trios of Dvorak received rave reviews in both Strings and Fanfare magazines and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Their 2009 recording for Koch includes trios by Janacek and Schumann.