Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. His clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship has led to invitations to conduct extensively in both Europe and in America. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences into the concert hall.
Joshua Weilerstein has developed a number of strong musical relationships as guest conductor, for example, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre National de Lyon, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, NDR Hannover, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Verbier Festival. In the 2016 festival, Weilerstein conducted Don Giovanni and stepped in a short notice to conduct the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and soloists Joshua Bell and George Li. He returns to the Festival for two concerts in July ’17.
In recent seasons, Joshua Weilerstein has also appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, SWR Stuttgart, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In October 2016, Weilerstein made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in family concerts and in the same week, assisted Mariss Jansons. In the 2017/18 season Weilerstein will make his debut with the BBC Philharmonic and the Bamberg Symphony.
Joshua Weilerstein believes passionately in programming both traditional and contemporary repertoire and, whenever possible, includes a piece by a living composer in each of his programmes. He also cherishes the value of music education wherever the opportunity arises, 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.
Joshua Weilerstein feels that it is essential to have an open communication between the stage and 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.