Leila Josefowicz’s passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers, and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.
Highlights of Ms.Josefowicz’s 2016-17 season include engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. She returned to the London Symphony Orchestra in December 2016, performing John Adams’s Scheherazade.2 in London, Paris, and Dijon. In North America she appears with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Ms. Josefowicz has had violin concertos written especially for her by composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews, and Steven Mackey. She gave the world premiere of John Adams’s Scheherazade.2 (composed for her) in 2015 with the Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. Luca Francesconi’s concerto Duende–The Dark Notes, also written for Ms. Josefowicz, was given its world premiere by her in 2014 with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Susanna Mälkki. Ms. Josefowicz reprised the work with Ms. Mälkki and the BBC Symphony at the BBC Proms in 2015.
Recent highlights include tours with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony as well as performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony. In recital Ms. Josefowicz recently appeared at New York’s Zankel Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and in Denver, Berkeley, and Budapest.
Ms. Josefowicz has released several recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics labels, and she was featured on Touch Press’s iPad app, The Orchestra. Her latest recording, featuring Scheherazade.2 with the Saint Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson, was released in September 2016. This recording was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Ms. Josefowicz’s recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony conducted by the composer, was nominated for a Grammy award in 2014.
Leila Josefowicz made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1997 and became a Shenson Young Artist in 2008.