Following in the footsteps of the highly successful "creative director" model, the CSO will engage two solo artists in residence during the 2013-14 season, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and violinist Augustin Hadelich, as well as an ensemble in residence, eighth blackbird. These sought-after musicians will each participate in separate Cincinnati residency weeks comprised of performances, masterclasses, workshops, appearances and more that will benefit the community in myriad ways.
Three artists lend their unique talents to the CSO this 2013-2014 season. Award winning cellist Alisa Weilerstein will offer her exceptional styling while performing pieces for the Masterworks and Ascent Series. Top violinist Augustin Hadelich will wow audiences with his exceptional skills for our Ascent Series and Grammy award winning sextet Eighth Blackbird will trample expectations in the Boundless Series.
"It was hard to notice anyone onstage but Ms. Weilerstein…she performs with soulful expression and physical abandon." – New York Times
"…her cello becom[es] an extension of her heart…" – Classic FM
"Listening to her play is a rich experience. Among soloists of world renown who are still under 30, surely she is one of the most extraordinary." - BBC Music Magazine
Attention grabbing American cellist Alisa Weilerstein offers her exceptional styling to the CSO this season during the Ascent Series collaborating with guest conductor Asher Fisch. She is continuously praised for her ability to authenticate and perform masterpieces with the intensity of her playing as well as her intricate attention and sensitivity to detail. In 2008 Justin Davidson of New York Magazine perhaps said it best: "Whatever she plays sounds custom-composed for her, as if she has a natural affinity with everything."
- Released her first album with Decca Records in October 2012; This disc of Elgar and Carter Cello Concertos with acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim was named BBC Music Magazine’s Disc of the Month in its February issue
- 2011 MacArthur Fellowship award
- Performed at the White House for President Barack Obama and the First Family in 2009.
- Alisa became a celebrity advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in November 2008.
- International touring schedule
Residency Schedule: October 2013
Check back soon for more details about Ms. Weilerstein's exciting residency weeks.
"Hadelich is not a standard-issue virtuoso. He has tremendous technical fluency, but he reaches far beyond that, putting it in the service of articulate, even poetic communication." - Washington Post
"A consummate showman…But behind Hadelich’s talent was a molten intensity, a determination to explore" – Cleveland Plain Dealer
"…he stole the audience’s heart" – Music in Cincinnati
Young violinist Augustin Hadelich returns to the CSO contributing his "gorgeous tone," "poetic communication" and "fast-fingered brilliance." Mr. Hadelich has earned his top position for young violinists and is sure to delight every audience this season while reaching far beyond the traditional elements of violin repertoire. "The essence of Hadelich's playing is beauty thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours" (Washington Post).
- A new CD, Histoire du Tango will be released in the spring of 2013.
- The 2006 Gold medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
-Recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. 2012 Segal Award
-Winner of 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant
- Recipient of 2011 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in the UK
- International touring schedule
-Plays on the 1723 "Ex-Kiesewetter" Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society.
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Check back soon for more details about Mr. Hadelich's exciting residency weeks.
"The sextet eighth blackbird is simply the most exciting force for new music on the concert stage today."- Cincinnati Enquirer, March 2012
eighth blackbird will be joining the CSO with Music Director Louis Langrée in 2014 for the Boundless Series, including performing during Mr. Langrée’s inaugural program as Music Director and the innovative MusicNOW collaboration. This Chicago-based ensemble has been constantly entertaining audiences across the globe with their unique contemporary style as advocates of new music by the world’s most talented composers.