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Leila Josefowicz -Wieniawski Scherzo Tarantella

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Published on Dec 30, 2010

Leila Josefowicz-Wieniawski Scherzo Tarantella (1987) 9 y/o child violin prodigy
Josefowicz was born in Missisauga, Ontario, Canada. While a young child her family moved to Los Angeles, California where she started studying violin at the age of three and a half using the Suzuki method. Her father, physicist Jack Josefowicz, and mother, biologist Wendy Josefowicz, learned with her. At five, she started formal lessons with Idel Low. At eight she began studies with the distinguished violin teacher Robert Lipsett at The Colburn School. Leila's parents placed a high priority on a well rounded education and felt that it was important for her to stay in the public school system, rejecting home schooling, despite a very full schedule of music activities.

At age 13 her family moved to Philadelphia so she could attend the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Jaime Laredo, Jascha Brodsky, Felix Galimir and Joseph Gingold. Leila also attended Julia R. Masterman School in Philadelphia while she studied at Curtis, completing her studies toward a Bachelor of Music degree and her High school diploma in the same year.

Still in her teens, she played with the symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia and the USA, including Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Boston, Montreal and Toronto.

Josefowicz made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994 performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

The same year she signed an exclusive recording contract with Philips Classics, recording the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos. Other recordings followed on Warner Classics, Nonesuch Records and Deutsche Grammophon labels that include masterworks for solo violin, recital repertoire and the concertos of romantic and modern composers.

She has kept a busy international schedule as a soloist, performing regularly around the world including North and South America, Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand and Australia. She has a strong interest in jazz, improvisation, and new music.

Josefowicz is acclaimed for championing new compositions, including the works of John Adams, Oliver Knussen and Thomas Adès. During the 2008-2009 concert season, she performed the world premiere concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (April 2009); Steven Mackey with the St. Louis Symphony (October 2008); and, in September 2009, she performed the world premiere of a violin concerto written for her by Colin Matthews with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Josefowicz continues her contemporary performances with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in Steven Mackey's Beautiful Passing in Fall 2010.

Josefowicz received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1994. In 2007, she was named a USA Cummings Fellow, United States Artists. Josefowicz is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.

Leila Josefowicz lives with their son, Lukas, in New York City.[1]

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