Leila Josefowicz
Violin

“In short, a fantastic talent” (Gramophone)

Contacts

Jane Brown +44 (0)20 3725 9129
Holly Brunskill +44 (0)20 3725 9115

Biography

An outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several leading composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Mackey and Luca Francesconi. Written for her by John Adams, Scheherazade.2 (Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra) was given its world premiere by Josefowicz in spring 2015 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert.

Recent seasons have included tours with The Cleveland and the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras as well as performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Toronto Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras.

An outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several leading composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Mackey and Luca Francesconi. Written for her by John Adams, Scheherazade.2 (Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra) was given its world premiere by Josefowicz in spring 2015 with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert.

Recent seasons have included tours with The Cleveland and the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras as well as performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Toronto Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras. 

Highlights of Josefowicz’s 2016/17 season include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony orchestras. Josefowicz returns to the London Symphony Orchestra in December 2016, performing John Adams’ Scheherazade.2 in London, Paris and Dijon. In North America Josefowicz appears with the St Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony and Minnesota orchestras.

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Jane Brown +44 (0)20 3725 9129
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Reviews

“From breathless pyrotechnic explosions to the episodes of expressive (but still steely) lyricism, [Leila Josefowicz] brought every corner of the work to light like a majestic tragedian.” (San Francisco Chronicle, February 2017) 

“Josefowicz’s musicianship is one of a kind — completely in tune with the shifting emotional landscape of Adams’ harmonic musical language, which is complex, but not in the over-intellectualized, 20th-century avant-garde way. Its complexity reflects first and foremost the emotional complexity of the musical content. Josefowicz brought all these layers to life.” (Thomas May, The Seattle Times, March 2016)

“Duende: The Dark Notes revealed itself to be a richly imagined score in this performance by the violinist Leila Josefowicz under the baton of Susanna Mälkki. Playing with wonderful virtuosity, Josefowicz commanded a part that scarcely rests and forms an almost constant aspect of the soundscape.” (John Allison, The Daily Telegraph, July 2015)

“From breathless pyrotechnic explosions to the episodes of expressive (but still steely) lyricism, [Leila Josefowicz] brought every corner of the work to light like a majestic tragedian.” (San Francisco Chronicle, February 2017) 

“Josefowicz’s musicianship is one of a kind — completely in tune with the shifting emotional landscape of Adams’ harmonic musical language, which is complex, but not in the over-intellectualized, 20th-century avant-garde way. Its complexity reflects first and foremost the emotional complexity of the musical content. Josefowicz brought all these layers to life.” (Thomas May, The Seattle Times, March 2016)

“Duende: The Dark Notes revealed itself to be a richly imagined score in this performance by the violinist Leila Josefowicz under the baton of Susanna Mälkki. Playing with wonderful virtuosity, Josefowicz commanded a part that scarcely rests and forms an almost constant aspect of the soundscape.” (John Allison, The Daily Telegraph, July 2015)

“What would a Scheherazade for our own time be like? This work offers John Adams’ answer in the portrait of a beautiful, empowered and fearless woman confronting oppression. He described the brilliant Leila Josefowicz, for whom he wrote this work in a commission from the New York Philharmonic, as the embodiment of his heroine as a fearless and empowered artist. Long an Adams champion, Ms Josefowicz gave a dazzling and inspired performance.” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, March 2015)

“Josefowicz, for whom Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto was written, plays with confidence and fizzing energy” (Andrew Morris, International Record Review, January 2013)

“Leila Josefowicz delivered a wide-screen, 3D interpretation, the colours as bright and vivid as any paint chart but more enticing. Her violin sound is sweet and full, her trills like a blackbird's, yet she also managed a dizzying grace in the wild Scherzo, and a dancing slinkiness in the final movement.” (Evening Standard, April 2011)

“Josefowicz was the most exemplary of soloists. She had memorised the extremely taxing part and projected it with a passion. Not a bar of hers was not imprinted with her personality and thought.” (The Sunday Times, October 2009)

“Ms Josefowicz gave a thrilling performance of this daunting work, playing with gleaming sound, supple technique and, amazingly, from memory.” (New York Times, April 2009)

“Leila Josefowicz’s interpretation of the solo part was totally captivating. The lyrical shining of the violin and the musically intelligent rendering paved the listener a way to any interpretation.” (Hufvudstadsbladet, January 2009)

“Josefowicz shimmied and gave the orchestra sass. The writing here is extraordinarily difficult, and she was on fire.” (Los Angeles Times, April 2009)

“This is mainstream modernism of the most accessible (but never puerile) kind - a cannily crafted showpiece that glories in the advocacy of a superb fiddle player such as Josefowicz… She dispatched the score with a virtuosic command and expressive urgency that made it sound as second nature to her as the Brahms or Tchaikovsky concertos.” (Chicago Tribune, January 2008)

“[Ms Josefowicz] gave an animated performance, deeply committed to her music and very much in tune with the fine playing from the orchestra.” (Manawatu Standard, July 2007)