Leila Josefowicz

Biography

Born: October 22, 1977; Canada  
Canadian-born violinist Leila Bronia Josefowicz began attracting attention through her playing from the age of ten.

Her Polish father is a physicist; her English mother, Wendy, is a geneticist. The family moved to California when Leila was still a toddler, and her upbringing and education are American. Her family enrolled her in a Suzuki violin class, where she learned on a baby-sized violin. She loved the instrument. Her teachers
Read more discovered that she had perfect pitch. Even more, she had a strong desire to work at improving her playing, which even her scientist father said was "determined and driven." She started regular lessons at the age of five with Idel Low, and at the age of eight was accepted by California's leading teacher, Robert Lipsett, at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Northridge, California.

Although she was not pushed into the life of a professional child prodigy, she was one in fact and sometimes played at parties and concerts, including at the age of ten, a nationally telecast tribute to comedian Bob Hope. By then she already had some of the standard concertos in her repertory. The appearance led her to representation by IMG Management. She says she never had stage fright, even at such a young age: "I'm an extrovert, a performer. This is entertainment."

At thirteen, she was granted a scholarship to attend the prestigious Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia, where her family moved in order to stay with her. She studied with Jaime Laredo, Joseph Gingold, Felix Galimer, and Jascha Brodsky. In 1994, still in her teens, she became an exclusive artist with the Philips classical CD label and recorded the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos.

Also in 1994, she made her debut in Carnegie Hall playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. In the same year she received an Avery Fischer Career Grant. Soon she appeared with many of the top orchestras in the world, including the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the London Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the French National Orchestra. Her second record, a set of solo violin works by Bartók, ?saye, Ernst, and Paganini, won the Diapason d'Or prize. Subsequent recordings have won the Echo Prize in 1998 and another Diapason d'Or in 1996.

After graduating from Curtis, she moved to New York, which is now her home and the center of her performance career.

She is also a recital and chamber music performer. She tends to concentrate on this aspect of the violinist's art in her extensive annual festival performances. These include the Marlboro Music Festival, the Osaka Festival, the Verbier Festival, and the Stavanger Festival. She has played in chamber ensembles with Thomas Hampson, Sylvia McNair, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Truls Mřrk, Martha Argerich, and Misha Maisky.

In 1993 and 1994 she had the loan of the famous "Ruby" Stradivarius, which she used on the Tchaikovsky/Sibelius CD. Since 1995 she has used Dr. Herbert Axelrod's Guarnerius del Gesů instrument called the "Ebersolt." She has outside interests, including sports, though she takes care not to damage her hands, using such tactics as playing volleyball in boxing gloves. She loves jazz, and names Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis as her favorites. Novelist Ann Rice became a fan of hers by listening to her records during the time she wrote Violin, and as a result, Josefowicz has made a CD inspired by the novel. Read less
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  • 1.
    Adams: Violin Concerto / Josefowicz, Robertson, St. Louis Symphony
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 562756 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  David Robertson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    John Adams Edition / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 170141 Release Date: 11/17/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  Georg Nigl,  Nathan Medley,  Daniel Bubeck  ... 
    Conductor:  John Adams,  Alan Gilbert,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Kirill Petrenko  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
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    Adams: Scheherazade.2 / Josefowicz, Robertson, St. Louis Symphony
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 557170 Release Date: 09/30/2016  
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  David Robertson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Colin Matthews: Violin Concerto; Cortege; Cello Concerto No. 2
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 227 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Colin Matthews
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  Anssi Karttunen
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen,  Riccardo Chailly,  Rumon Gamba
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    Bartok: Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459502 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Erich Binder,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Viktoria Mullova,  Gil Shaham  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Lehel,  Iván Fischer,  Antal Doráti,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Webern: Vocal and Chamber Works / Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557516 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Jacob Greenberg,  Tony Arnold,  Claire Booth,  Fred Sherry  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Craft
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Sherry String Quartet,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Simon Joly Chorus
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    Knussen: Autumnal / Booth, Josefowicz, Wood, Watkins, Wigglesworth
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 178 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Oliver Knussen,  Ryan Wigglesworth,  Huw Watkins,  Alexandra Wood  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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    Out Of Nowhere - Salonen:  Violin Concerto, Nyx / Josefowicz, Salonen, Finnish Radio
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001752102 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Chopin: Chamber Music / Ohlsson, Brey, Josefowicz
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55384 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Carter Brey,  Leila Josefowicz
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    Chopin: The Complete Works / Garrick Ohlsson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44351 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Carter Brey,  Leila Josefowicz,  Elizabeth Mann
    Conductor:  Kazimierz Kord
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  • 11.
    Best of British from the BBC Proms 2007
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001061002 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Michael Tippett,  Oliver Knussen  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Poltera,  Philip Dukes,  Daniel Hope,  Leila Josefowicz  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiří Bělohlávek,  Stephen Jackson,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
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  • 12.
    Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1, Etc / Josefowicz, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62997 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Beethoven, Ravel, Salonen, Et Al / Josefowicz
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 61948 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Mark Grey  ... 
    Performer:  John Novacek,  Leila Josefowicz
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    Adams: Road Movies / Josefowicz, Novacek, Hodges, Hind
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79699 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek,  Nicolas Hodges,  Rolf Hind
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    Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Leila Josefowicz, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462592 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Max Bruch,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Alan Loveday,  Maurice Hasson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Kamen: The New Moon In The Old Moon's Arms / Slatkin, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467631 Release Date: 01/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Kamen
    Performer:  David Hardy,  F. Anthony Ames,  Toshiko Kohno,  Pino Palladino  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Americana / Leila Josefowicz
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462948 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  George Gershwin,  Stephen Foster,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
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  • 19.
    Mendelssohn, Glazunov: Violin Concertos / Josefowicz, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464059 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    For The End Of Time / Leila Josefowicz, John Novacek
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456571 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Béla Bartók,  Edvard Grieg,  Manuel de Falla
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
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  • 21.
    Love's Sweet Surrender / Sylvia McNair
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446712 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Alfred Brendel,  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    Violin For Anne Rice / Leila Josefowic
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462032 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Sadin,  Sting,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Eugčne Ysa˙e  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Sadin,  Cyro Baptista,  Ira Coleman,  Charles Curtis  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 23.
    Bohemian Rhapsodies / Leila Josefowicz
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454440 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Maurice Ravel,  Jules Massenet,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 24.
    Leila Josefowicz - Solo - Bartók, Paganini, Ysa˙e
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446700 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Niccolň Paganini,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz
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