Ariel Quarter performs with the Weilerstein Duo on Nov. 14.

The Ariel Quartet continues its 2017-18 concert series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 in the Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Guest artists Donald Weilerstein, viola, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano, join the quartet for an evening of music featuring works by Janáček, Mozart and Shostakovich.

Donald Weilerstein was a founding member and the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world, earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review. He performs regularly across the country with Vivian in the Weilerstein Duo.

Critics have praised the Weilerstein Duo’s performances and recordings. Fanfare declared the duo’s recordings of music by Ernest Bloch a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List” and the American Record Guide lauded the duo’s recordings of both Bloch and Janáček.

Both musicians also perform across the country as part of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory. The trio includes Donald, Vivian and their daughter, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Highlights of the trio’s previous performances include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston.

The Ariel Quartet is comprised of Alexandra “Sasha” Kazovsky, violin; Amit Even-Tov, cello; Gershon Gerchikov, violin; and Jan Grüning, viola. The group was formed in Israel in 1998 and has served as CCM’s string quartet-in-residence since 2012. Complete program information for the Nov. 14 concert is below.

About Donald and Vivian Weilerstein

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and was honored at graduation by the National Foundation of the Arts as an outstanding graduate of the school. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo.

For twenty years (1969–1989) Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.

Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, “Chamber Music Encounters” sponsored by La Cite de la Musique, the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival and at the Perlman Music Program.

He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. The Duo was enthusiastically received at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janáček, Dohnányi and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.

Weilerstein is the violinist in the renowned Weilerstein Trio, which is in residence at New England Conservatory. The trio’s highly acclaimed 2006 CD on the Koch label, with music of Dvořák, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Vivian Hornik Weilerstein is the director of the Professional Piano Trio Training Program and coordinator of Piano Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory.

Weilerstein has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world and is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most eminent artists and ensembles. She has appeared as a soloist with the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale di Torino, and has toured throughout Europe and Japan. She has been featured in More magazine, and on the “Jane Pauley Show” in stories about professional mother/daughter teams.

Weilerstein is the pianist in the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio. Highlights of the Trio’s current and past seasons include concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City and at prominent venues in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston. They gave their London debut in spring ’04 at the Royal Academy of Music.

Critics and audiences have welcomed Weilerstein’s performances as part of the Weilerstein Duo, with violinist Donald Weilerstein. Fanfare declared the duo’s Bloch recordings a “must” on the journal’s annual “Want List,” and American Record Guide lauded both the Bloch and Janáček recordings. In addition to the duo and trio recordings, Weilerstein has also recorded for the EMI Debut Series.

Weilerstein has performed at the major American music festivals, including Music Academy of the West, the Marlboro, Aspen, Chamber Music West, Yellow Barn, Norfolk, Sarasota, Roundtop and La Jolla festivals and the Perlman Chamber Music Program. She has been a guest artist at Kneisal Hall, the Young Musicians Festival in Israel, the Daniel Days in Holland and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. She also taught and performed in Shanghai, China as part of the Morningside Music Bridge and in Caracas, Venezuela as part of El Sistema.



JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 1 (Kreutzer Sonata)
MOZART: String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village,
University of Cincinnati

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.

Subscription packages and single tickets are now available for the Ariel Quartet’s full 2017-18 concert series.

Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office or over the telephone at 513-556-4183. Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

The Ariel Quartet’s 2017-18 CCM concert series is made possible by the generous contributions of an anonymous donor, The Estate of Mr. William A. Friedlander, Mrs. William A. Friedlander, Dr. and Mrs. Randolph L. Wadsworth, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. J. David Rosenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Santen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stegman and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Striker.

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