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Joshua Weilerstein

Assistant Conductor

Joshua Weilerstein

Joshua Weilerstein, who last year completed a three-year appointment as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, is artistic director designate of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and will begin his tenure in the 2015–16 season. Born into a musical family, his career was launched when he won the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2009. He has rapidly become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world; with a repertoire ranging from Gesualdo to Rouse, he is committed to opening up the traditional classical repertoire to new audiences, enlivening and broadening concert-going and creating a natural dialogue between musicians and their public. In the 2014–15 season Mr. Weilerstein makes debuts with the Mahler Chamber, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber, National Arts Center (Ottawa), and NHK Symphony (Tokyo) orchestras. In addition to returning to the BBC Symphony, Danish Radio, Oslo Philharmonic, Florida, and Vancouver Symphony orchestras, among others, he takes the Orchestre philharmonique de Luxembourg on a seven-city concert tour of Germany, including performances in Munich and Cologne. He also returns to the New England Conservatory of Music, his alma mater, where he received dual Master of Music degrees in 2011 (in orchestral conducting with Hugh Wolff, and in violin with Lucy Chapman). Joshua Weilerstein believes in the fundamental importance and value of music education. During his time as the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor he was heavily involved in Young People’s Concerts, and he also served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools in Boston. While still in his teens he established a close link with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (a product of the famed El Sistema music program in Venezuela) as the ensemble’s first non-Venezuelan guest violinist, and then as conductor in 2010 and 2012. 

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