For cellist Alisa Weilerstein, it’s all about balance and connection

“Though her playing sounds flawless to listeners, acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein doesn’t strive for perfection in her performances.

 ‘I don’t think perfection really exists. It only exists is a very rudimentary sense, to say, “OK, you’ve played every note right.” But for what?’ Weilerstein laughs. ‘It doesn’t mean anything … To be connected intellectually, as well as emotionally — that’s what you strive for. For me, it’s always been about trying to achieve an intellectual and emotional balance. I’m going to be working on that my whole life.’”