Joshua Weilerstein became one of the two New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductors in May 2011, shortly after completing his graduate studies in conducting and violin at the New England Conservatory. Mr. Weilerstein was named the unanimous winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. His first-prize honors included conducting engagements with major Scandinavian orchestras, the first of which was the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in June 2009, marking Joshua’s professional conducting debut.
Since then, he has conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Norrköping Symphony, Malmö Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He performed as a soloist with the Boston New Music Initiative and as a guest member of A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. In the 2011–12 season he made debuts with the Toronto Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Finnish Radio Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In the 2012–13 season, Mr. Weilerstein returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He also appears with the BBC Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Orchestra.
In the summers of 2009 and 2010, Joshua studied with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival, where he was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize and the Aspen Conducting Prize. In May 2011 he received dual master of music degrees in orchestral conducting with Hugh Wolff, and in violin with Lucy Chapman. In 2007 the Símon Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (SBYO) engaged Mr. Weilerstein as a violin soloist. Shortly after this appearance, the SBYO asked him to join the first violin section for the orchestra’s 2007 American tour with Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, making Mr. Weilerstein the ensemble’s first non-Venezuelan guest member. In January 2010 he made his guest conducting debut with the SBYO. Currently living in New York, he also serves as concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra established by young musicians dedicated to bringing music to children through interactive workshops in schools and community concerts.
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