Donald Weilerstein

Instrumental Focus

  • violin

Programs Taught

Donald Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet from 1969 to 1989, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the Quartet can be heard on the RCA, Telarc, CBS, Phillips, and Pro Arte labels. These recordings have earned him seven Grammy nominations. He was also a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo. Mr. Weilerstein has taught and performed at major American and European music festivals including Tanglewood, Caramoor, Aspen, Ravinia, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, and Salzburg, and he regularly participates in the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Banff, and the Perlman Music Program. He also taught and performed in Shanghai as part of the Morningside Music Bridge and in Venezuela as part of El Sistema. Formerly a professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Donald Weilerstein is an artist-faculty member of the New Horizons Program, which is made possible by an endowment gift by Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum.