Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship has led him to conduct extensively in both Europe and in America. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences into the concert hall.
Joshua Weilerstein is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and in 2016/17 will make his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in family concerts and in the same week, will assist Mariss Jansons. He will also make his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Hannover and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2016 Weilerstein made his operatic debut conducting Don Giovanni at the Verbier Festival, and stepped in a short notice to conduct the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and soloists Joshua Bell and George Li.
His success at the 2009 Malko Competition, where he was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Prize, has led to Weilerstein establishing strong relationships with the Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Elsewhere in Europe, he has also conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, SWR Stuttgart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
Joshua Weilerstein believes passionately in programming both traditional and contemporary repertoire. He is committed to presenting, whenever possible, a piece by a living composer in each of his programmes. He also cherishes the value of music education wherever the opportunity arises. Inspired by the brilliant form of music education practiced by Leonard Bernstein, he has started a classical music podcast for music lovers and beginners alike. Sticky Notes: The Classical Music Podcast has already been downloaded thousands of times. Weilerstein was heavily involved in Young People’s Concerts during his time as the Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, and served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools in Boston. With the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Weilerstein actively supports the educational and Discovery concerts for children and families.
Joshua Weilerstein feels that it is essential to have an open communication between the stage and audience and is always excited to hear from musicians and audiences alike. He is accessible on social media for conversation about the future of classical music, programming, and the experience of concert-going.
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Artistic Director)
Verbier Festival Orchestra
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Orchestre National de Lyon
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
London Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Sydney Morning Herald
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.
One of the most promising podium presences of his generation.
Il Corriere Della Sera
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…