Leila Josefowicz

The New York Philharmonic

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Leila Josefowicz by Chris Lee

Leila Josefowicz’s advocacy of contemporary violin music is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she collaborates with leading composers, orchestras, and conductors around the world. Her 2017–18 season highlights include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the Iceland, Boston, Lahti, Finnish Radio symphony orchestras, and Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra. She joins her frequent collaborator pianist John Novacek for recitals in Reykjavik, Leeds, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Halifax (Nova Scotia), and has appeared recently at venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall. Composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, and Steven Mackey have written concertos especially for Ms. Josefowicz. She joined the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of Adams’s Scheherazade.2 (dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra) in 2015, and premiered Luca Francesconi’s concerto Duende — The Dark Notes with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki in 2014, before performing it with Ms. Mälkki and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2015. Recent highlights include engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Helsinki Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota, Tokyo Metropolitan, and St. Louis Symphony orchestras. She appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms in 2017, and performed Adams’s Scheherazade.2 with the London Symphony Orchestra in London, Paris, and Dijon in 2016. Leila Josefowicz can be heard on the  Deutsche Grammophon, Philips / Universal, and Warner Classics labels, and was featured on Touch Press’s iPad app, The Orchestra. Her 2016 recording featuring Scheherazade.2 with the St. Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson was nominated for a Grammy. She also received a Grammy nomination in 2014 for Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.

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