Since winning the Malko Conducting Competition in 2009, Joshua Weilerstein has 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.
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, NHK Symphony (Tokyo), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, among others. In addition to return engagements with the BBC Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, and Vancouver Symphony, 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 entered the music profession after a life-changing experience during a youth orchestra tour. In 2006 the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar (OSSB) engaged him as a violin soloist. Shortly after this appearance, the OSSB invited him to join the first violin section for the orchestra’s 2007 American tour with Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. In January 2010, he made his guest conducting debut with the OSSB and returned in 2012.
Weilerstein cherishes his connection with listeners and is especially passionate about broadening and enlivening the concert experience for seasoned and new patrons alike. He is committed to music education and audience engagement, and believes in creative and innovative programming as a powerful tool to attract and build classical music audiences for the future.
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