Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists Guild and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival for three years, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968 he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo. From 1969 to 1988 Donald Weilerstein was the founding first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review. Mr. Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Berlin, Israel, Salzburg, Luzern, and many more. In the fall of 1995 Mr. Weilerstein was on the faculty of Chamber Music Encounters sponsored by La Cité de la Musique and the Paris Conservatoire. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia. His students have won prizes in major international competitions, including Munich and the Naumburg. Many former students now hold positions in major orchestras including the BSO. String quartets he has coached have won prizes at nearly every major chamber music competition, including Coleman, Fischoff, and Banff.

B.S., M.S., The Juilliard School, first recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Memorial Scholarship. Studies with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Studies with Sidney Griller of the Griller String Quartet. Recordings on RCA, Telarc, CBS, Philips, Pro Arte, Arabesque, Azica. Former faculty of Cleveland Institute of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Eastman School of Music, Bowdoin College, Ithaca College, and SUNY/Buffalo. Also current faculty of Aspen Music Festival.


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