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Leila Josefowicz

Leila Josefowica

Violinist Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several of today’s leading composers, including John Adams, Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In recognition of her advocacy and commitment to the music of today, she was named a 2008 MacArthur Fellow. Violin concertos have been written for her by Salonen, Steven Mackey, Colin Matthews, and Luca Francesconi, whose concerto Duende – The Dark Notes Ms. Josefowicz performed in its World Premiere in February 2014 with Susanna Mälkki and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She first performed Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by the composer, before subsequent performances throughout Europe and North America, including with the New York Philharmonic. She premiered Matthews’s Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before performing it with the Orchestre national de Lyon and the BBC and Finnish Radio symphony orchestras. After premiering John Adams’s Scheherazade.2 — Dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra with the New York Philharmonic, which co-commissioned the work, led by Alan Gilbert in March 2015, she will reprise the work with the Cincinnati and Atlanta symphony orchestras in April and May, respectively, both conducted by the composer. Other engagements in the 2014–15 season include concerts with Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra with James Gaffigan, and a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in March 2015. Recent highlights include performances with the BBC, Boston, Chicago, Swedish Radio, Finnish Radio, RAI National, Melbourne, and Lucerne symphony orchestras, and the London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Leila Josefowicz has released several recordings, notably for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics and was featured on Touch Press’s acclaimed iPad app, The Orchestra. Her latest recording, of Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014.

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