Leila Josefowicz's passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. She frequently collaborates with leading composers and works with orchestras and conductors at the highest level around the world. In 2008, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, joining prominent scientists, writers and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.
Highlights of Josefowicz's recent seasons include engagements with the London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, including on tour in Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.
Alongside pianist John Novacek, with whom Josefowicz has enjoyed a close collaboration since 1985, she has performed recitals at world-renowned venues such as New York’s Zankel Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center as well as Reykjavik, Leeds, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Halifax (Nova Scotia). This season, she appears at Madrid’s Centro Nacional de Difusion Musical, Ithaca and Eastman schools of music, the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, and returns to London’s Wigmore Hall.
A favourite of many living composers, Josefowicz enjoyed a close working relationship with the late Oliver Knussen performing together over 30 times, most of these with his violin concerto. Josefowicz has premiered many new concertos, with composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews and Steven Mackey, all writing especially for her. Josefowicz gave the world premiere of Adams’ Scheherazade.2 (Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra) in 2015 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert. Luca Francesconi’s concerto Duende – The Dark Notes, was given its world premiere by Josefowicz (also written for her) in 2014 with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki, and subsequently performed again with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Mälkki at the BBC Proms in 2015.
Leila Josefowicz appears by arrangement with Harrison Parrott.
Pianist John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist; in the latter capacity he has presented over thirty concerti with dozens of orchestras. He is a much sought-after collaborative artist and has performed with Joshua Bell, Matt Haimovitz, Leila Josefowicz, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mork, Elmar Oliveira and Emmanuel Pahud, and, as well as the Colorado, Harrington, Jupiter, New Hollywood, St. Lawrence, SuperNova and Ying string quartets. He also tours widely as a member of Intersection, a piano trio that includes violinist Laura Frautschi and cellist Kristina Reiko Coooper. Mr. Novacek has also given numerous world premieres and worked closely with composers John Adams, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon, George Rochberg, John Williams and John Zorn.