Cellist Alisa Weilerstein on performing with the San Diego Symphony, touring, and family life

Posted on: May 25, 2022

“Balancing an infant with a whirlwind career as one of classical music’s most in-demand cellists comes easily for Alisa Weilerstein,” writes Beth Wood in Sunday’s (5/22) San Diego Union-Tribune. “ ‘Elina will be 4 months old on Tuesday and has been on 11 trips,’ she said…. Weilerstein and her husband—San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare—are touring musicians. Payare is also the music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The couple has another daughter, 6-year-old Ariadna. The two musicians will perform Friday and Saturday at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park. Payare will conduct the San Diego Symphony’s season-closing Jacobs Masterworks concerts [featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony]. Weilerstein is the featured soloist [in Elgar’s Cello Concerto]. Also this year, she released a new album, ‘Beethoven Cello Sonatas.’ … When asked how her family manages it all, Weilerstein answered more than once: ‘We have to be organized.’ ” Weilerstein discusses making a recording of Beethoven cello sonatas with pianist Inon Barnatan during the pandemic, managing her diabetes, Elgar’s Cello Concerto—which she performs with the San Diego Symphony this weekend—and listening to Bach’s Goldberg Variations daily with her family.