Joshua Weilerstein Named Music Director of Phoenix
Today Phoenix announces the appointment of Joshua Weilerstein as Music Director
starting in the 2021 – 2022 season. Upon beginning his tenure in the Fall of 2021
Weilerstein will lead an ambitious new chapter in the orchestra’s history highlighted by
new venues, recording projects, and commissioning of new works.
“Welcoming Josh to the Phoenix family is the biggest news we have shared since
launching the orchestra in 2014,” says Executive Director Matt Szymanski. “He is an
impeccable musician who comes to the table with well-established relationships with
many of our musicians. He shares our commitment to fostering a warm, welcoming
concert atmosphere for veterans and newcomers alike, and to ensuring audiences hear
contemporary and unfairly neglected historic composers alongside traditional repertoire.
Our musicians are universally brimming with the anticipation of getting to work with him
next year, and I join our audiences in eagerly awaiting their first concert together next
Weilerstein has served as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
since 2014. He was Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 2012–15, and
has a flourishing guest conducting career, regularly conducting the world’s top
orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio
France, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish
Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, New York
Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore,
Detroit, and Milwaukee, among others. A classmate of several founding members of
Phoenix at New England Conservatory, he has had strong connections to the
organization since its inception.
“I could not possibly be more thrilled to become Phoenix’s new Music Director,” says
Weilerstein. “Phoenix’s core values of innovation, the breaking down of barriers, and
the pure joy of reveling in this beautiful art form are ones that I share wholeheartedly.
Working with this kind of dynamic, motivated, and extraordinarily talented ensemble is
something every conductor dreams about. It is especially exciting to be returning home
to Boston to lead a group that is on the vanguard of the orchestral world, and I can’t wait
to get started!”
As Music Director, Weilerstein will work closely with Executive Director Matt Szymanski
and General Manager Christina Dioguardi to plan the next chapter in the Phoenix