Chicago Tribune, April 2011

“Mstislav Rostropovich was the dedicatee of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, and his performances usually outdistanced those of anyone else.  Not on Wednesday. The young American Alisa Weilerstein showed a deep, dark intensity united to biting drama… her sense of repose gave access to a new level of self-communing.  Completely assured in the quiet high writing, Weilerstein shone especially in the long cadenza, with which she took her time, achieving singular poetry.”