Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship connects him with orchestras and has led him to conduct extensively in both Europe and America. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire, including his support for programming works by living composers, is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences to the concert hall.
Highlights of the 16/17 season include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Hannover London Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony. With the National Symphony Orchestra, Weilerstein conducts a special John F. Kennedy centennial celebration concert with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. He returns to the Vancouver Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Oslo Philharmonic.
Weilerstein’s career was launched when he won the 2009 Malko Competition. From 2011-2014 he served as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and he has since rapidly become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world. Weilerstein believes fundamentally in the importance of music education and continues his commitment to students and young musicians in concerts this season with the New England Conservatory and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He previously served as concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools.
Weilerstein feels that it is essential to have an open communication between the stage and the audience. He is accessible on social media for conversation about the future of classical music, programming, and the experience of concert-going ... read full bio