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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Family Of Musical Geniuses

From left: Musicians Don, Alisa and Vivian Weilerstein. Not included is Joshua Weilerstein. (Courtesy of the Weilerstein family)

From left: Musicians Don, Alisa and Vivian Weilerstein. Not included is Joshua Weilerstein. (Courtesy of the Weilerstein family)

We know that musician Leopold Mozart was proud of his son Wolfgang Amadeus; imagine how proud you’d be if you were the parents of two musical prodigies.

Vivian and Don Weilerstein are. Their 29 year-old daughter, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, just won the MacArthur genius grant. And this summer her 23 year-old brother Joshua Weilerstein was named one of two assistant conductors at the New York Philharmonic.

And Vivian and Don are musicians themselves– they’re on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and The Julliard School, respectively.

Between the four of them, someone is almost always rehearsing, performing or traveling somewhere to perform or teach. We managed to get the entire family together at one time, to talk about their musical lives.

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