Donald Weilerstein

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Donald Weilerstein (born 1940) is an American violinist and pedagogue. In 1969, he founded the Cleveland Quartet, becoming its first violinist, a position he held until 1989.[1] Since 2004, he is the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at New England Conservatory and since 2001, he is a faculty member at the Juilliard School.[2][3] His students have won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and first prize in the Indianapolis International Violin Competition.[4][5] In addition, he is a member of the Weilerstein Trio with his daughter, Alisa Weilerstein, and wife, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. Weilerstein is a fellow of the Music Academy of the West[6]


  1. ^ "Don Weilerstein, Violin 1969-1989". Cleveland Quartet Website. Archived from the original on 2014-06-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Juilliard Faculty Page".
  3. ^ "NEC Faculty Page".
  4. ^ "Violinists Xiang Yu and Kerson Leong triumph at Menuhin Competition". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  5. ^ "1998 Laureates". International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
  6. ^ "Alumni Roster". Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)