December 19, 2011

The Weilerstein Duo, two-thirds of The Weilerstein Trio, NEC’s trio-in-residence, will perform music of Ives, Enescu and Poulenc, January 23 at 8 PM in NEC’s Jordan Hall. Violinist Donald Weilerstein, who holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair of Violin Studies, and his wife, pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, who directs NEC’s Professional Piano Trio Training Program, have been distinguished faculty members of the Conservatory since 2002.

The concert, which is open to the public, is free.

The Duo has performed to enthusiastic response at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in many of the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janacek, Dohnanyi, and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.

The Boston Musical-Intelligencer praised the Duo’s performance last January at Groton’s Kalliroscope Gallery, saying: “Listeners were rewarded with a warm and energetic, even passionate performance by Donald and Vivian Hornick Weilerstein, violin and piano. Both Ravel’s Second Sonata in G Major and Enescu’s Sonata No. 3 in A minor required the utmost of skill and alertness from the Weilersteins; the finales of each constitute tests of concentration and dexterity that they passed with unflagging and emphatic direction.”

The program:
Ives: Violin Sonata No. 3
Enescu: Impressions d'Enfance
Poulenc: Sonata

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Programs and Partnerships Program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music, jazz, and contemporary improvisation.

NEC presents more than 900 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, century-old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz, contemporary improvisation, and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre or Paramount Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115