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Alan Weinstein

Alan Weinstein, Associate Professor - Cello, Bass, Chamber Music

Alan Weinstein, Associate Professor - Cello, Bass, Chamber Music
Alan Weinstein, Associate Professor - Cello, Bass, Chamber Music

School of Performing Arts 
242-Q Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5335 |

Alan Weinstein, cellist, has performed as a soloist and chamber player throughout North America and Europe in venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Spivey Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Edinbrough Fringe Festival. He is a founding member of the Kandinsky Trio, winner of the Chamber Music America Residency Award, the NEA American Masterpieces Grant and a NEA Meet the Composers Award. He frequently collaborates with internationally acclaimed artists including Dawn Upshaw, Ida Kavafian, Kurt Rosenwinkle and Andrés Cárdenes.

Weinstein has appeared on television and radio broadcasts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe including the McNeil/Lehrer Report, WNYC, and Performance Today on National Public Radio. He has served as an artist/faculty member at the Hindemith Institute in Blonay, Switzerland, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, and Acqui Terme, Italy and the Montecito International Music Festival. He has given numerous master classes at institutions including Penn State, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Vanderbilt University. Mr. Weinstein has performed with the Portland String Quartet, the Rochester Philharmonic and served as principal cellist of the Eastman/Dryden Orchestra.

His dedication to new music has led him to premiere compositions by artists such as Mike Reid (“Tales of Appalachia” performed in over 150 cities), Richard Danielpour, and Hilary Tan.  His jazz collaborations have included performances with Larry Coryell, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Samuels, and as a harmonica player with Ray Charles.

Weinstein holds degrees in music performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers include Steven Doane, Robert Sylvester, Timothy Eddy and chamber music studies with the Cleveland Quartet, Menachem Pressler, Walter Trampler, and Eugene Lehner.

Virginia Tech has awarded Weinstein the Alumni Teaching Award, the Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award, and the Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in the Creative Arts. He has recorded for Arabesque Records, Brioso and OmniTone labels and plays a cello attributed to Albani circa 1690.

  • Cello, Bass, and Chamber Music
  • Research/Production: Chamber Music
  • Teaching Areas: Low Strings, Chamber Music, Fine Arts
  • MM, Eastman School of Music
  • BA, New England Conservatory of Music
  • Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • Founding Member of Kandinsky Trio
  • 2012 Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Tech 
  • The Albert Lee Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in the Creative Arts from Virginia Tech 
  • NEA Meet the Composer Award
  • 2010 Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award at Virginia Tech 

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

I think the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate would be to develop a serious, long lasting RELATIONSHIP to the work.  That usually means daily commitment to tasks that can be frustrating at times.  It's the amount of effort over the long haul that can become so rewarding.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

The most satisfying thing for me about teaching is watching students form and grow over a period of 4 years.  I love the musical maturity that comes from exposure to many different aspects of the art that one experiences in college.

Something Unexpected:

This may not surprise anyone whose driven with me, but I drove a cab in Boston to support myself in college for awhile.