MacArthur “Genius” Grant Fellow and international cello soloist Alisa Weilerstein discusses her career.
Matthew Janszen: On the subject of stage fright too I think sometimes with younger kids when they're starting out is the idea of memorization is also sort of a catalyst to sort of make somebody nervous, do you have any tricks or things that you've dealt with in terms of memorization?
Alisa Weilerstein: I would say as soon as someone's...as soon as you start to learn to play, make yourself memorize things. Get it in really really early because then it will become a habit. It'll make life a whole lot easier.
Matthew Janszen: Were there times when you got frustrated when you practiced?
Alisa Weilerstein: Oh yeah!
Matthew: How did you overcome that or how do you get through that?
Alisa: Using the phrase “this too shall pass!” (laughing hysterically). No, there's no getting around the fact that there's a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved. Maybe not blood, but tears
Matthew Janszen: What kind of music are you listening to right now? What's on your iPod?
Alisa Weilerstein: I’m listening to a lot of Gabriel Kahane songs. That's the project I'm doing now so…
Matthew: Yeah Classical Chops has actually interviewed Gabriel Kahane. So, make sure you check that out on our website.
Alisa: Absolutely!...I’m listening to the Beethoven - Grosse Fuge a lot.