At the age of 23, Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world with her honest, fresh approach to the repertoire and her dynamic virtuosity.
Ms. Josefowicz, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Jaime Laredo and Jascha Brodsky, came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The performance was immediately followed by her debut recording of the Tchaikovsky and the Sibelius concertos for Philips.
At the invitation of Oskaka Festival in 1995, Ms Josefowicz’s first tour included performances to sold-out halls in Tokyo and Osaka. She returned to Asia again in the 1997-98 season, performing in Korea and Japan, including her debut with the NHK Symphony, and followed this by a 10 day tour in China with recitals in Beijing, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Since that time, she has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the Boston and Chicago symphonies, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with such eminent conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling and Franz Welser-Moest among others. She has also appeared in Australia with the orchestras in Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania.
Most recently she participated in the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Stavanger Festival in Norway, collaborating with artists such as Martha Argerich, Thomas Hampson, Jaime Laredo, Sylvia McNair, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and André Watts.
Engagements in North America have included appearances with the St. Louis, Atlanta, Toronto, Detroit, Montreal, Houston, National, Dallas, Cincinnati and Vancouver symphonies, a tour with the Brandenburg Ensemble with concerts in Chicago, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and Carnegie Hall and recitals in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and at the Kennedy Center. Recent and upcoming performance highlights include debuts at the Ravinia Festival, with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Baltimore, Indianapolis and Seattle symphonies and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; an appearance at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra; a tour throughout the Far East with the Asian Youth Orchestra; and re-engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas and Milwaukee symphonies.
Equally in demand in Europe, her 2000/01 European schedule includes orchestral appearances in Vienna, Berlin, Zurich and in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov as well as recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Leila Josefowicz records exclusively with Philips. Her debut recording of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius violin concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, released in 1995, was followed in 1996 by her second disc, Solo, which features unaccompanied violin works by Bartók, Kreisler, Ysaÿe, Ernst and Paganini. Both releases were met by great critical acclaim and each was awarded the Diapason d’Or prize. Subsequent releases include Bohemian Rhapsodies, a collection of virtuosic violin works with orchestra, For the End of Time with pianist John Novacek, and the Mendelssohn and Glazunov concertos with the Montreal Symphony, Charles Dutoit conducting. Her most recent recording for Philips, Americana, with pianist John Novacek was released at the end of last year to huge critical acclaim.
Leila Josefowicz has been featured on many television programs in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. At the age of 10, her performances on the NBC television special "America’s Tribute to Bob Hope" brought her immediate recognition. Other appearances have included a PBS special "Evening at Pops" with John Williams and the Boston Pops, and the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. She has also performed at evenings honoring Leonard Bernstein and Sir Georg Solti.
A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994, Leila Josefowicz performs on the 1739 "Ebersolt" Guarnerius del Gesù violin. Ms. Josefowicz resides in Florida with her husband, the conductor Kristjan Järvi, and their son, Lukas