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.
Highlights of Weilerstein’s 22/23 season include return engagements with the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony, Swedish Chamber, Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre National de Belgique and Orchestre National de Lille, his debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and RTVE Symphony (Madrid) and in North America returns to the Indianapolis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and Florida orchestras. He will also return to the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, with whom he was Artistic Director from 2015-2021.
In recent seasons, Weilerstein’s guest engagements have included concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle Zurich, NDR Hannover, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and in the US the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle 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 critically acclaimed recordings of music by Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Smyth and Ives along with a complete Beethoven symphony cycle on DVD; they also toured throughout Europe with soloists such as Juan Diego Florez, Christian Tetzlaff 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 and he was subsequently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 2012-2015. In 2021/2022 he became the Music Director of Phoenix, a dynamic and ambitious orchestra in Boston devoted to the presentation of classical music concerts in accessible and unforgettable ways and to the promotion of music by composers whose works have been unjustly overlooked.
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.
Livestreams & Broadcasts
London Philharmonic Orchestra | May 2021
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha, Overture
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Copland Appalachian Spring, Suite
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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…