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The Weilerstein Trio Live at NPR

Musical Parents + Child Prodigy = A Classical Family Affair

The Weilerstein Trio Live at NPR

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While musical dynasties can stretch for generations — even centuries, as the Bachs of Germany did — it's rare when an immediate family of musicians can perform together and find success. The Weilerstein Trio is such a group, and NPR's Fred Child recently invited the members to Studio 4A to perform and discuss life as a professional classical music family.

Violinist Donald Weilerstein and his wife, pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, were already accomplished artists when they began playing together professionally in 1976. Their daughter Alisa, 20, took up the cello as a precocious 4-year-old and first joined her parents on stage at the Round Top Festival in Texas at the age of 6.

All three musicians have thriving solo careers, Donald and Vivian are on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, and Alisa is a history major at Columbia University in New York.

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Below is a list of pieces played by the trio at NPR.

- Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904): The "Slow" Movement from Trio in G minor (1876)

- Olivier Messianen (1908-1992): The Praise to the Eternity of Jesus Movement from the Quartet for the End of Time (1940)