Alisa Weilerstein awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Alisa is one of few musicians who has been honoured with this fellowship, dubbed the ‘Genius Award’

Congratulations are due to Alisa Weilerstein who has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.

Today, they named 22 new MacArthur Fellows for 2011. This award is given to a wide range of disciplines and Alisa is one of only a handful of musicians who has been awarded this fellowship since the foundation began in 1981. The fellowships are given in recognition of the recipient’s ‘originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society through their work.’ The recipients learned, through a phone call out of the blue from the Foundation, that they will each receive $500,000 in no strings-attached supports over the next five years.

Please click here for the official press release and Alisa’s reaction here.

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