Joshua Weilerstein is Artistic Director Designate of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, beginning his tenure with the orchestra in the 2015/16 season. With a repertoire ranging from Gesualdo to Rouse, he is committed to opening up the traditional classical repertoire to new audiences, enlivening and broadening concert-going and creating a natural dialogue between musicians and their public.
In 2014/15 Weilerstein makes debuts with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), NHK Symphony (Tokyo), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In addition to return engagements with the BBC Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, and Vancouver Symphony, among others, Weilerstein will take the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg on a seven-city concert tour of Germany, including performances in Munich and Cologne. He also returns this season to his alma mater, the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received dual Master of Music degrees in 2011 in orchestral conducting with Hugh Wolff and in violin with Lucy Chapman.
Born into a musical family, Weilerstein’s career was launched when he won the Malko Competition in 2009. He has since rapidly become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world. Last season, he completed his three-year appointment as the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic.
Weilerstein believes fundamentally in the importance and value of music education. During his time as Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, he was heavily involved in Young People’s Concerts, and also served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools in Boston. He also established a close link with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (a product of the famed El Sistema music program in Venezuela) as the ensemble’s first non-Venezuelan guest violinist while still in his teens, and then as conductor in 2010 and 2012 ... read full bio