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.
The Canadian-born violinist came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and has since appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors.
Recent and upcoming appearances in North America include performances with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta, and Cincinnati; a Carnegie Hall appearance with the St. Louis Symphony; a performance with The Cleveland Orchestra at Lincoln Center; and recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Saint Paul, and at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. In the 2011–12 season she was the artist-in-residence with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ms. Josefowicz has premiered concertos written for her by Mr. Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, by Steve Mackey with the Saint Louis Symphony, and by Colin Matthews with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She also played the first performances of Thomas Adès’s Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths, with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Seattle Symphony, and at the Aspen Music Festival. John Adams and Luca Francesconi have been commissioned to write new concertos for her.
Leila Josefowicz has released many recordings, notably for the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics labels. In the fall of 2012 Deutsche Grammophon released her performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer. Her recording of John Adams’s Road Movies for Nonesuch received a Grammy nomination. Ms. Josefowicz received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994. She is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jaime Laredo and Jascha Brodsky.