When Geir Inge Lotsberg became Trondheimsolistene’s Artistic Director in August 2017, part of his mission was to help find the chamber group a new Artistic Partner. Fortunately, the search did not take long.
American cellist Alisa Weilerstein had previously visited the city of Trondheim and was already captivated by the landscape. She accepted an invite to Norway to lead the ensemble and the chemistry was immediately evident on both sides. By January 2018 Weilerstein was signed up for a multi-season role as Artistic Partner.
So, what made the cellist and the Soloists click? ‘What we all share is a hunger for making chamber music, and for bringing something special to the music. The combination of these qualities with Alisa’s personality, musicality and enthusiasm is a great match, and has sparked a very rewarding dialogue and interaction.’ Says Geir Inge. For her part, Alisa has said that she ‘could not ask for more engaged or generous musicians to collaborate with.’
“The Trondheim ensemble manage the feat of being throbbingly intense and meticulously exact, and this performance knocked me flat”.
Transfigured Night review, Geoff Brown The Times
Alisa immediately made her mark with the widely acclaimed album Transfigured Night on the Pentatone Label and tours within Scandinavia, London and Munich quickly followed. The next major collaboration with the group is a tour of Germany for 2021, with more collaborations planned into the 2022-23 season.