JOSHUA WEILERSTEIN AND CASE SCAGLIONE NAMED NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ASSISTANT CONDUCTORS FOR THE 2011–12 SEASON

07.21.11
Joshua Weilerstein
The New York Philharmonic

Case Scaglione, age 28, and Joshua Weilerstein, 23, have been named New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductors for the 2011–12 season. They will assist Music Director Alan Gilbert, The Yoko Nagae Ceschina Chair, and all guest conductors throughout the season, and will lead educational events, including School Day Concerts and Young People’s Concerts. 

Mr. Scaglione will conduct the Young People’s Concerts on November 12, 2011, and April 14, 2012. Mr. Weilerstein will lead the Young People’s Concert on October 15, 2011, and the School Day Concerts — which are open only to school groups, grades 3–12 — on May 24–25.  

“We went through an extensive search and are excited to have found two such accomplished and musical colleagues,” said Mr. Gilbert. “They are both extremely promising artists, and I look forward to welcoming them to the New York Philharmonic.”

Artists
American-born conductor Case Scaglione was named the 2011 Solti Fellow by the Solti Foundation U.S. — an honor awarded only three times in the foundation’s history. He recently finished his tenure as music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, where he also founded 360° Music, an educational outreach program that brought the orchestra to inner-city schools. His programs spanned works from Beethoven and Wagner to the Los Angeles premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, which was supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Mr. Scaglione was a student of David Zinman at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he won the James Conlon Prize and the Aspen Conducting Prize, which led to his Cleveland Orchestra debut in July 2010. Following his studies in Aspen, Mr. Scaglione was invited to serve as assistant conductor of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he conducted a wide range of performances and served as cover conductor for all orchestral performances. A frequent guest assistant and cover conductor with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson, he has also assisted at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Opera, and he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Bramwell Tovey. In summer 2011 Mr. Scaglione is one of three Conducting Fellows at Tanglewood, chosen by James Levine and Stefan Asbury. 

A native of Texas, Mr. Scaglione received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His postgraduate studies were spent at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Gustav Meier.

Joshua Weilerstein was awarded First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, following his completion of a bachelor of music degree in violin performance at the New England Conservatory in May 2009. His other first-prize honors have included conducting engagements over a three-year period with major Scandinavian orchestras, including the Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Danish National Symphony. In June 2009 he made his professional conducting debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of his 2010–11 season included conducting debuts with the Houston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, where as a Dudamel Fellow he conducted a series of youth and school concerts. He also appeared throughout Scandinavia, and is sharing the podium with Lorin Maazel in a concert at the Castleton Festival this month.

In the 2011–12 season Mr. Weilerstein makes conducting debuts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio and Finnish Symphony Orchestras, Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie in Saarbrücken, Northern Sinfonia, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, among others. During the past two summers he attended the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS), where he was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize. After attending the AMFS in 2010, he was named the winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize, which carried with it the honor of serving as the AMFS Assistant Conductor in the summer of 2011 as well as leading two programs with the Aspen Concert Orchestra. In May 2011 he received dual master of music degrees in orchestral conducting, which he studied with Hugh Wolff, and in violin, with Lucy Chapman.

In January 2010 Joshua Weilerstein made his conducting debut with the Símon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, at which the soloist was his sister, the cellist Alisa Weilerstein.