Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL), where his contract has been extended through the 2020/21 season. Weilerstein enjoys a flourishing guest conducting career and has established a number of close relationships in both the U.S. and Europe, including the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit and Milwaukee, the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Oslo Philharmonic, among others. Known for his clarity of musical expression and his natural musicianship, Weilerstein’s profound insight into composers spanning from Gesualdo to Rouse is joined by his enthusiasm to bring new audiences into the concert hall.
Weilerstein’s recent debuts have included the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, New World Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony. In Europe in the 2019/20 season, he makes debuts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Munich Chamber Orchestra, and returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also leads the OCL on a tour to Germany.
During his tenure as Artistic Director of the OCL, the orchestra has thrived under Weilerstein’s leadership and cemented its reputation as one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras. He has greatly expanded the scope of the orchestra’s repertoire, and together they have released successful and critically acclaimed recordings, and toured throughout Europe, joined by soloists such as Juan Diego Florez, Lucas Debargue, and Albrecht Mayer.
Born into a musical family, Joshua Weilerstein’s formative experience with classical music took place on tour to Panama and Guatemala as a violinist with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Boston, where they performed for thousands of young people who had never heard a live orchestra concert. This eye-opening and life-changing experience sparked a desire to pursue a career in classical music, first as a violinist, and then as a conductor. While pursuing his Master’s degree 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. He was subsequently appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he served from 2012-2015.
Weilerstein is deeply committed to programming both traditional and contemporary repertoire and endeavors to present music from underrepresented composers at each concert. He hosts a wildly successful classical music podcast called “Sticky Notes” for music lovers and newcomers alike, which has been downloaded nearly a million times in 154 countries. An advocate for easy communication between the audience and the concert stage, Weilerstein welcomes discussion about all aspects of classical music, programming, and the experience of concert-going.