One of the most sought after violinists of her generation and an outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several of today's leading composers including John Adams, Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment to the music of today, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Ms. Josefowicz came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has since appeared with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. Recent and upcoming appearances in North America include performances with the Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, National, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Atlanta and Cincinnati symphonies among others; a Carnegie Hall appearance with the St. Louis Symphony and a performance with the Cleveland Orchestra at Lincoln Center; and recitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, St. Paul and at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. During the 2011/12 season, Ms. Josefowicz was the Artist in Residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Equally active internationally, recent and upcoming engagements in Europe include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, the London and Munich Philharmonics, London Symphony and Finnish Radio Orchestra; two tours with the Philharmonia; performances of the Salonen concerto in Paris, Stockholm, Lisbon, London, Berlin and Milan with the composer on the podium; and a fifth appearance at the London Proms.
Ms. Josefowicz premiered concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen/Los Angeles Philharmonic, Steve Mackey/St. Louis Symphony and Colin Matthews/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and played first performances of Thomas Adès' violin concerto Concentric Paths with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the San Francisco, Toronto and Seattle symphonies and at the Aspen Music Festival. John Adams and Luca Francesconi have been commissioned to write new concertos for her.
Ms. Josefowicz has released many recordings, notably for the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal and Warner Classics labels. Recent recordings include John Adams' Violin Concerto and The Dharma at Big Sur with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for DG Concerts on iTunes, and her recording of his Road Movies for Nonesuch received a Grammy nomination. Her latest recording, released by Deutsche Grammophon in the fall of 2012, features Esa-Pekka Salonen's Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.
A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994 as well as a 2007 United States Artists Cummings Fellowship, Leila Josefowicz is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Jaime Laredo and Jascha Brodsky.