October 13, 2011

NEC’s Weilerstein Trio Returns for Concert of Dvorak and Ives, Oct. 30 in Jordan Hall

Cellist Recently Named MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winner

Trio Joined by Juan Miguel Hernandez, Violist of The Harlem Quartet

NEC’s Weilerstein Trio (Donald Weilerstein, violin; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano; Alisa Weilerstein, cello) will return to the Conservatory’s Jordan Hall for a concert of Dvorak and Ives, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m.  On the program will be Dvorak’s stormy Piano Trio in G-minor, Op. 26 and Charles Ives’ irreverent Piano Trio, the second movement of which quotes folk songs, hymns, and fraternity tunes and is titled: TSIAJ (“This Scherzo is a Joke”).  To conclude, the ensemble will be joined by violist Juan Miguel Hernandez of The Harlem Quartet for Dvorak’s Piano Quartet in D-major, Op. 23.  The concert is free and open to the public.

NEC's trio-in-residence, the Weilerstein Trio is comprised of pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, who established the Professional Piano Trio Training Program at NEC; violinist Donald Weilerstein, who occupies the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies and was the founding violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet; and cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a widely admired soloist who has also been recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. The three have been playing together professionally since Alisa was six years old.  Alisa has been much in the news lately after being named a MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner in September. 

Juan Miguel Hernandez is widely regarded as one of the finest young viola talents of his generation.  In September 2009, he won First Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006.  The violist has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle and Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic. The Harlem Quartet, in which Hernandez serves as violist, is currently in residence at NEC participating in the Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program, directed by cellist Paul Katz.

Of the Weilerstein Trio’s recent Dvorak recording, Fanfare Magazine wrote: "The Weilersteins give a breathtakingly beautiful reading of the “Dumky” Trio, capturing its deep sorrows without ever becoming maudlin, yet eliciting the full excitement of its many contrasting passages. This is a work I had given up on; too many recordings had crossed my desk over the years, so many of them unsatisfactory…The listener feels that the Weilersteins understand Dvorák perfectly, placing expressiveness ahead of mere virtuosity. "
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