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Joshua Weilerstein

Conductor

  • Joshua Weilerstein enjoys a flourishing guest conducting career across the globe and has forged close relationships with many of the world’s finest orchestras and soloists.  He is praised for his expressive and dynamic presence on the podium and for his “intense, eloquently moving and spectacularly knife-edge” performances.  With a repertoire that spans from the Renaissance era to the music of today, he combines a deep love for canonical masterpieces alongside a passionate commitment to uncovering the works of under-represented composers such as Pavel Haas, William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson, Ethel Smyth, amongst others. He is also a tireless advocate for the music of today, championing the works of Caroline Shaw, Jörg Widmann, Derrick Skye, Christopher Rouse, and more. In September 2021 he marks the end of his six-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne with two concerts at the Enescu Festival, with soloists Cristian Budu and Christian Teztlaff.

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  • Highlights of Weilerstein’s 21/22 season include return engagements with the Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Hannover Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Belgian National, and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras, along with debuts with the Seattle Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Komische Oper Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, and RTE National Symphony orchestras amongst others. 


    In recent seasons, Weilerstein’s guest engagements have included concerts with the London Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony, Tonhalle Zurich and in the US the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia, and New York Philharmonic orchestras.  During his time as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Weilerstein was instrumental in expanding the orchestra’s repertoire and together they released successful and critically acclaimed recordings of music by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Smyth, and Ives along with a complete Beethoven symphony cycle on DVD, and toured throughout Europe, with soloists such as Juan Diego Florez, Lucas Debargue, and Albrecht Mayer.


    Born into a musical family, Weilerstein’s formative experience with classical music was as a violinist on tour to Panama and Guatemala with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Boston, where the orchestra performed for thousands of young people who had never heard a live orchestra concert. This experience sparked a desire in Weilerstein to pursue a career in classical music. While pursuing his Master’s degree in violin and conducting at the New England Conservatory, Weilerstein won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen in 2009. He was subsequently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he served from 2012-2015. In the 2021/2022 season he returns to Boston to serve as the Music Director of Phoenix, a dynamic and ambitious orchestra devoted to creating unforgettable experiences with classical music.


    In 2017, inspired by the brilliant musical evangelism practised by Leonard Bernstein, Weilerstein launched a classical music podcast called “Sticky Notes.” The show, for both music lovers and newcomers alike, has become wildly successful with more than 2 million downloads in 165 countries.  

    2021/22 season / 494 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Livestreams & Broadcasts

Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne | November 2020
Beethoven: Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 15 November 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 15 November 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, Op.55 'Eroica'
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 22 November 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B-flat major, Op.60
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 29 November 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 29 November 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major, Op.68 'Pastorale'
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 6 December 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A major, Op.92
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 13 December 2021


Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93
Click to watch on RTS
Available until 13 December 2021


Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra | November 2019
Haydn: Symphony No.94 in G major 'Surprise'
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35 (with Ossi Tanner)
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B-flat major, Op.60
Click to watch on YLE Arena
Available until 7 November 2021

Dvorak's Symphony No 7 saw Weilerstein impress with the discipline of his musical gestures and mature exposition of the works emotional arc. There was much to enjoy, including lovely emphasis to counter melody in the second movement, plenty of bounce in the third's underlying accompaniment and excellent control of its multiple musical threads.

Sydney Morning Herald

One of the most promising podium presences of his generation.

LA Times

Joshua Weilerstein is a revelation on the podium... he already has consolidated technique, depth of interpretation, marvellous gestures, absolute authority and the ability to soar through the Waltz rhythms. All reflected in the fact that the orchestra gave him their own ovation. It’s such a revelation…

Il Corriere Della Sera

Intermusica represents Joshua Weilerstein for worldwide general management.

Leyla Güneş
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9927
lgunes@intermusica.co.uk

Alice McDonough
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9901
amcdonough@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

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Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles