Joshua Weilerstein enjoys a flourishing guest conducting career across the globe and has forged close relationships with many of the world’s finest orchestras and soloists. He is praised for his expressive and dynamic presence on the podium and for his “intense, eloquently moving and spectacularly knife-edge” performances. With a repertoire that spans from the Renaissance era to the music of today, he combines a deep love for canonical masterpieces alongside a passionate commitment to uncovering the works of under-represented composers such as Pavel Haas, William Grant Still, William Levi Dawson and Ethel Smyth. He is also a tireless advocate for the music of today, championing the works of Caroline Shaw, Jörg Widmann, Derrick Skye and Christopher Rouse amongst others. In 23/24 Weilerstein begins his tenure as Chief Conductor of Denmark’s Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and in 24/25 he will take up the position of Music Director of Orchestre National de Lille.
Weilerstein conducts widely across Europe. In Germany recent highlights have included concerts with Bavarian Radio Symphony, SWR Stuttgart Symphony, NDR Hannover, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Komische Oper Orchestra and this season he makes his debut with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. In the UK in recent seasons he has conducted the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and in 23/24 returns to the BBC Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras. He also conducts regularly in Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Spain and Holland, where he returned recently to conduct the Orchestre National de Lille at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Weilerstein was Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne between 2015-2021 and as Chief Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony, Weilerstein looks forward to recording William Grant Still’s 1st Symphony as well as other recording projects including a live edition of his popular Sticky Notes Podcast on Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
Weilerstein is also much in demand in the US, where current highlights include his debut with the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia and return to the San Francisco Symphony in Summer 2023. In past seasons he has conducted the Seattle Symphony, Philadelphia, and New York Philharmonic orchestras amongst many others. In 2021/2022 he became the Music Director of Phoenix, a dynamic and ambitious orchestra in Boston devoted to the presentation of classical music concerts in accessible and unforgettable ways and to the promotion of music by composers whose works have been unjustly overlooked.
Born into a musical family, Weilerstein’s formative experience with classical music was as a violinist on tour to Panama and Guatemala with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Boston, where the orchestra performed for thousands of young people who had never heard a live orchestra concert. This experience sparked a desire in Weilerstein to pursue a career in classical music. While pursuing his Master’s degree in violin and conducting at the New England Conservatory, Weilerstein won both the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen in 2009 and he was subsequently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 2012-2015.
In 2017, inspired by the brilliant musical evangelism practised by Leonard Bernstein, Weilerstein launched a classical music podcast called “Sticky Notes.” The show, for both music lovers and newcomers alike, has become wildly successful with more than 4.5 million downloads in 175 countries.
Sydney Morning Herald
Dvorak's Symphony No 7 saw Weilerstein impress with the discipline of his musical gestures and mature exposition of the works emotional arc. There was much to enjoy, including lovely emphasis to counter melody in the second movement, plenty of bounce in the third's underlying accompaniment and excellent control of its multiple musical threads.
One of the most promising podium presences of his generation.
Il Corriere Della Sera
Joshua Weilerstein is a revelation on the podium... he already has consolidated technique, depth of interpretation, marvellous gestures, absolute authority and the ability to soar through the Waltz rhythms. All reflected in the fact that the orchestra gave him their own ovation. It’s such a revelation…