Joshua Weilerstein is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He also enjoys a flourishing guest conducting career throughout Europe and the USA and is known for his clarity of musical expression, unforced manner and deep natural musicianship. His enthusiasm for a wide range of repertoire is combined with an ambition to bring new audiences into the concert hall.
In 2009 he won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Malko Competition, following which he secured a post as Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic. He is a much sought-after Guest Conductor across Europe and the USA. He gave his BBC Proms debut in July 2017, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and will return to the festival this summer.
In the 2017/18 season, Weilerstein conducted some exciting debuts – including the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra – as well as returning to perform with a number of renowned orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. This summer, he will return to Australia to conduct the West Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Weilerstein is known for his enthusiasm for a wide repertoire – from the traditional to the contemporary – and for his striving to attract new audiences to the concert hall. His dedication not only embraces a continuing musical education per se but also an ongoing, animated dialogue between musician and audience. He is the host of a successful classical music podcast, Sticky Notes, for music lovers and newcomers alike.