The Kennedy Center

Joshua Weilerstein


Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship connects him with orchestras and has led him to conduct extensively in both Europe and America. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences to the concert hall.

Increasingly in demand as a guest conductor, in 2016–17 Weilerstein makes his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in family concerts and in the same week, will assist Mariss Jansons. He also makes debuts with the Indianapolis Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, NDR Hannover and London Philharmonic Orchestras. With the National Symphony Orchestra, Weilerstein will conduct a special concert celebrating the birth centennial of John F. Kennedy, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. In addition, Weilerstein returns to the Vancouver Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Oslo Philharmonic. Weilerstein also continues his commitment to working with students and young musicians in concerts with the New England Conservatory and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

In August 2016 Weilerstein made his operatic debut conducting Don Giovanni at the Verbier Festival, and stepped in on short notice to conduct the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and soloists Joshua Bell and George Li.

His career was launched after winning both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. He then completed a three-year appointment as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Since then, he has steadily gained a growing profile in both North America and abroad, including recent guest conducting engagements with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, San Diego, Calgary, Québec, and Vancouver; the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival, among others. In Europe, he has established strong relationships with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR Stuttgart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.

Weilerstein believes passionately in programming both traditional and contemporary repertoire. He is committed to presenting, whenever possible, at least one piece by a living composer in each of his programs. He believes fundamentally in the importance and value of music education. Wherever the opportunity arises, he engages directly with his audience either speaking from the stage or in pre/post-concert discussions. He was heavily involved in Young People’s Concerts during his time as the Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, and served as Concertmaster of Discovery Ensemble, a Boston-based chamber orchestra dedicated to presenting classical music to inner-city schools in Boston. With the Orchestre Chamber de Lausanne, Weilerstein actively supports the educational and Discovery concerts for children and families.

Joshua Weilerstein feels that it is essential to have an open communication between the stage and the audience and is always excited to hear from musicians and audiences alike. He is accessible on social media for conversation about the future of classical music, programming, and the experience of concert-going.
Joshua Weilerstein