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Biography

Violin

Leila Josefowicz’s passionate support for contemporary music is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm for performing new works. She won the 2018 Avery Fisher Prize and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008.

Last fall, she opened the London Symphony Orchestra’s season with conductor Simon Rattle. Further engagements in the 2019–20 season include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras.

Ms. Josefowicz has premiered concertos written for her by composers including Colin Matthews, Steven Mackey, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. This season, she performs the UK premiere of Helen Grime’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Dalia Stasevska. Other premieres in recent seasons include John Adams’s Scheherazade.2 in 2015 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, and Luca Francesconi’s Duende in 2014 with the Swedish Radio Symphony and Susanna Mälkki. Ms. Josefowicz enjoyed a close working relationship with the late Oliver Knussen, performing various concertos, including his Violin Concerto, together more than thirty times.

This season, she appears in recitals with her longtime piano collaborator John Novacek at Washington DC’s Library of Congress, New York’s Park Avenue Armory, and Amherst College in Massachusetts. She also joins Thomas Adès to perform the world premiere of his new violin and piano work at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation in Japan.

Ms. Josefowicz has released several recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal, and Warner Classics labels; she was featured on Touch Press’s acclaimed iPad app, The Orchestra. Her latest recording, released in 2019, features Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony led by Hannu Lintu. She has received Grammy nominations for her recordings of Scheherazade.2 with the Saint Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson, and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony conducted by the composer.

Leila Josefowicz made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1997 and became a Shenson Young Artist in 2008.