Joshua Weilerstein is the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he made his subscription debut in 2013-14. At 21, Weilerstein unanimously was named the winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark. His first-prize honors included a series of engagements with major Scandinavian orchestras, the first of which was the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in June 2009, which marked Weilerstein’s professional conducting debut.
During the 2013-14 season, Weilerstein debuted in the US with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Fort Worth, and New Mexico (Albuquerque), and in Europe with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, among others.
Weilerstein decided to enter the music profession after a life-changing experience during a youth orchestra tour of South and Central America. He studied at the New England Conservatory, from which he received his dual Master of Music degrees in orchestral conducting with Hugh Wolff and in violin with Lucy Chapman in 2011. He studied with David Zinman and Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 2009 and 2010, where he was awarded the Robert J. Harth and Aspen Conducting Prizes, its most distinguished honors.
In 2007, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela engaged Weilerstein as a violin soloist. Shortly after this appearance, the SBSO asked him to join the first violin section for the orchestra’s 2007 American tour with music director Gustavo Dudamel, making Weilerstein the ensemble’s first non-Venezuelan guest member. He made his guest conducting debut with the SBSO in 2010. Since then, he has rapidly become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world. Recent engagements include the Los Angeles, Royal Stockholm and Brussels philharmonics, Toronto and BBC Symphonies, and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
When not studying scores, he spends his spare time practicing the violin and exploring New York City.