Alan Weinstein

Alan Weinstein

Associate Professor - Cello, Bass, Chamber Music

Alan Weinstein is a founding member of the national award winning Kandinsky Trio. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician nationally and internationally and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Spivey Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Edinbrough Fringe Festival.

A dedicated teacher, he has given master classes at institutions including Penn State, The Interlochen Arts Academy and Vanderbilt University. He has been 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.

Contact Me

(540) 231-8503
242-Q Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Cello, Bass, and Chamber Music
  • Research/Production: Chamber Music
  • Teaching Areas: Low Strings, Chamber Music, Fine Arts

Education & Training

  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • B.A., New England Conservatory of Music

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.

Memberships & Affliations

  • Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence
  • Founding Member of Kandinsky Trio

Honors & Awards

  • 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 

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