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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Weilerstein Trio: Donald Weilerstein, violin; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano The Weilerstein Trio (Lucio Lecce)

In honor of Father's Day we've gathered five musical dads and their supremely talented kids who are currently making pops proud across international stages. (This feature originally ran in 2012.)

1. The Weilersteins

Donald Weilerstein spent 20 years as the Cleveland Quartet's first violinist. Now, when he’s not teaching, he often performs with the Weilerstein Trio alongside his wife Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (a pianist) and his daughter, the renowned cellist—and recent MacArthur Genius Grant recipient—Alisa Weilerstein.

2. The Masurs

The apple does not fall far from the tree in the Masur family. Former New York Philharmonic music director Kurt’s son Ken-David Masur is the assistant conductor with the San Diego Symphony and founded the Chelsea Music Festival. The father-son duo jointly led the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira last year in a program about love.

3. The Glasses

When Philip Glass celebrated his 75th birthday this winter the venerable composer was able to celebrate with his son, Zack, a singer-songwriter who incorporates Latin and African influences into his music. The son performed in tributes to his father at both the Le Poisson Rouge and the Tune-In Festival at the Park Avenue Armory.

4. The Kahanes

The conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane said he was careful to avoid any charges of nepotism toward his son Gabriel, as the younger singer-songwriter was making a name for himself. But now that Gabriel has found success within the indie rock, contemporary classical and the musical theater scenes, the father and son have been performing together and collaborating on projects. In 2009, Jeffrey premiered a new work by Gabriel called Django: Tiny Variations on a Big Dog.

5. The Zuckermans

When violinist Pinchas Zuckerman married the flutist Eugenia, the union of classical stars attracted attention of mainstream media, including People magazine. Since then the family has only produced more musical talent in the form of two musically inclined daughters: Arianna is an up-and-coming soprano, while Natalia has combined her classical influences with bluegrass, country and jazz.

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Comments [4]

Geo. from St. Louis, MO

There's also:
(1) composer John Adams, and his composer son, Samuel Carl Adams
(2) Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Joseph DiBello (bass) and his daughter Gina DiBello (violin)
(3) London Symphony Orchestra principal bass Rinat Ibragimov and his daughter, solo violinst Alina Ibragimova

Jun. 21 2015 11:35 AM
Aaron Barnhart from Kansas City

What is Michael Stern, chopped liver?

Jun. 21 2015 09:51 AM
Tom Walsh from Montclair, NJ

This comment springs from a comment that was posted two days ago when you had the Showdown at noon (June 13), featuring father and son combos playing music together. May I suggest, for some future Showdown at noon, a parent and daughter showdown? I'm sure there are enough (as you mention today, June 15, in your featured stories). I think that it would be wonderful. And thanks for the music. We're proud members.

Jun. 15 2012 09:14 AM
Diana Cohen

I grew up in a musical family--- my father Franklin Cohen is principal clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra, my mother was a wonderful bassoonist, my brother is timpanist in the Calgary Philharmonic, and I was just awarded concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic.
My father and I started a chamber music festival together this year called ChamberFEST Cleveland. ( Although we have played lots together in the past, creating something new as a father-daughter team has been a really wonderful experience. It'll be a particularly special father's day for us this year!

Jun. 13 2012 03:11 PM

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