Leila Josefowicz

During the 2013-14 season Leila Josefowicz performs John Adams’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney and Melbourne symphonies, conducted by the composer, and she appears with the BBC, Finnish Radio, and Toronto symphonies, the Orchestra della Scala, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI. She also has engagements this season with the Chicago, Baltimore, and National symphonies, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She appears in recital at London’s Milton Court Concert Hall and Handelsbeurs Concertzaal in Belgium. Recent highlights include performances with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gothenburg Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and Danish National Symphony, as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Ms. Josefowicz has released recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics labels, among others. She has made several recordings of the works of John Adams, most recently The Dharma at Big Sur with the Los Angeles Philharmonic—her second release for DG Concerts on iTunes—and the title track on the Grammy-nominated Road Movies album for Nonesuch. Her latest recording, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2012, features Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer.

An advocate and champion of contemporary music for the violin, Ms. Josefowicz frequently collaborates with several leading composers, including John Adams and Luca Francesconi, who have recently been commissioned to write new pieces for her. Mr. Francesconi’s work will be given its world premiere by Ms. Josefowicz in February 2014 with Susanna Mälkki and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto was first performed by Ms. Josefowicz with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by the composer, before subsequent performances throughout Europe and North America. She gave the premiere of Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with further performances with the Orchestre National de Lyon and the BBC Symphony and Finnish Radio Symphony. She has also been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1997 and became a Shenson Young Artist in 2008.

(September 2013)