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Leila Josefowicz

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Canadian-born violinist Leila Bronia Josefowicz began attracting attention through her playing from age 10. Her Polish dad is really a physicist; her British mother, Wendy, is really a geneticist. The family members shifted to California when Leila was still a child, and her upbringing and education are American. Her family members enrolled her within a Suzuki violin course, where she discovered on the baby-sized violin. She enjoyed the device. Her teachers found that she acquired perfect pitch. A lot more, she acquired a strong wish to work at enhancing her playing, which also her scientist dad stated was “driven and powered.” She began regular lessons at age five with Idel Low, with age eight was recognized by California’s leading instructor, Robert Lipsett, on the Colburn College of Performing Arts in Northridge, California. Although she had not been pushed in to the lifestyle of a specialist kid prodigy, she was one actually and sometimes performed at celebrations and concerts, including at age ten, a nationally telecast tribute to comedian Bob Wish. At that time she already acquired a number of the regular concertos in her repertory. The looks led her to representation by IMG Administration. She says she never really had stage fright, also at such a age group: “I’m an extrovert, a performer. That is entertainment.” At thirteen, she was granted a scholarship or grant to wait the esteemed Curtis College of Music in Philadelphia, where her family members moved to be able to stick with her. She examined with Jaime Laredo, Joseph Gingold, Felix Galimer, and Jascha Brodsky. In 1994, still in her teenagers, she became a special artist using the Philips traditional Compact disc label and documented the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos. Also in 1994, she produced her debut in Carnegie Hall playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner as well as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Within the same yr she received an Avery Fischer Profession Grant. Quickly she made an appearance with lots of the best orchestras on the planet, like the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the London Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as the French Country wide Orchestra. Her second record, a couple of solo violin functions by Bartók, Ÿsaye, Ernst, and Paganini, earned the Diapason d’Or reward. Subsequent recordings possess earned the Echo Reward in 1998 and another Diapason d’Or in 1996. After graduating from Curtis, she shifted to NY, which is right now her house and the guts of her efficiency career. She actually is also a recital and chamber music performer. She will focus on this facet of the violinist’s artwork in her intensive annual festival shows. Included in these are the Marlboro Music Festival, the Osaka Festival, the Verbier Festival, as well as the Stavanger Festival. She’s performed in chamber ensembles with Thomas Hampson, Sylvia McNair, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Truls Mørk, Martha Argerich, and Misha Maisky. In 1993 and 1994 she got the loan from the popular “Ruby” Stradivarius, which she applied to the Tchaikovsky/Sibelius Compact disc. Since 1995 she’s utilized Dr. Herbert Axelrod’s Guarnerius del Gesù device known as the “Ebersolt.” She’s outside passions, including sports, even though she takes treatment not to harm her hands, using such strategies mainly because playing volleyball in boxing gloves. She enjoys jazz, and titles Sarah Vaughan and Kilometers Davis as her favorites. Novelist Ann Grain became a lover of hers by hearing her records at that time she had written Violin, and for that reason, Josefowicz has produced a CD influenced from the novel.

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Full Name Leila Josefowicz
Profession Violinist
Education Curtis Institute of Music, Julia R. Masterman School
Nationality Canadian, American
Awards MacArthur Fellowship
Music Songs Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, Tzigane, Porgy And Bess Suite: My Man's Gone Now, Ravel : Violin Sonata in G major : I Allegretto, Messiaen : Thème & variations : VI Variation 5, Messiaen : Thème & variations : III Variation 2, Salonen: Violin Concerto - Movement Three: Pulse II, Scheherazade.2: I. Tale of the Wise Young Woman; Pursuit by the True Believers, Salonen: Violin Concerto - Movement One: Mirage, Salonen: Violin Concerto - Movement Two: Pulse I, Salonen: Violin Concerto - Movement Four: Adieu, Violin Sonata No.10 in G major Op.96 : III Scherzo - Allegro, Scheherazade.2: IV. Escape, Flight, Sanctuary, Scheherazade.2: II. A Long Desire, Scheherazade.2: III. Scheherazade and the Men with Beards, Violin Concerto: I. Mirage, Violin Concerto: II. Pulse I, Salonen : Lachen verlernt, Sérénade mélancolique in B-Flat Minor, Op. 26, Porgy And Bess Suite: It Ain't Necessarily So, Porgy And Bess Suite: Bess, You Is My Woman Now, Violin Concerto: IV. Adieu, Scherzo in C minor, Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82 - 1. Moderato, Estrellita, Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82 - 3. Allegro, Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo, Op.34, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto In D, Op.35, TH. 59 - 3. Finale, Brahms : Violin Sonata, 'FAE' : Scherzo, Porgy And Bess Suite: Tempo di Blues, Falla: Suite populaire Espagnole - Asturiana, Mozart: Il re pastore, K.208 - Cadenza arr. by John Constable - Act 2 - "L'amerò, sarò costante"
Albums John Adams: Scheherazade.2, Bohemian Rhapsodies, For the End of Time, Tchaikovsky/Sibelius: Violin Concertos, Violin for Anne Rice, Out of Nowhere: Violin Concerto / Nyx, Violin Concertos, Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur (DG Concerts) (DG Concerts), Mendelssohn / Glazunov: Violin Concertos, Solo, Shostakovich : Violin Concerto No.1, Beethoven : Violin Sonata No.10 & 20th Century Violin Pieces, Americana, Violin Concerto no. 1 / Violin Sonata, Bartok/Paganini/Ysaye/Schubert etc.: Sonata for Solo Violin, Mendelssohn & Glazunov: Violin Concertos / Tchaikovsky: Valse-Scherzo, Beethoven : Violin Sonata No.10, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2 / Tchaikovsky: Sérénade mélancolique, Messiaen : Theme & Variations, The Last Night of the Proms 2003, Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur / Kraft: Timpani Concerto No.1 / Rosenman: Suite from Rebel Without a Cause (DG Concerts 2009/2010 LA4) (DG Concerts 2009/2010 LA4), Recital, The Complete Works, Ravel : Violin Sonata [1922]
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment, Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Solo or Chamber Ensemble


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1 touring, fronting various orchestras with the Violin Concerto of John Adams
2 Her father, Jack, a physicist, signed up both himself and her for violin lessons when she was three. When she was five, she said to him "Maybe you should stop; you're not so good." He stopped and she continued.
3 The violin she plays is a 1739 "Ebersolt" Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, which was permanently loaned to her by a Boston icthyologist and instrument collector after hearing her perform the Sibelius concerto (with the Boston Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa) at Carnegie Hall. All her recordings were made with this violin, except for the Tchaikovsky concerto, on a loaned Stradivarius.


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