Joshua Weilerstein Leads NY Philharmonic with Soloist Arabella Steinbacher Tonight
New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein will make his Philharmonic subscription debut conducting Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Arabella Steinbacher, also in her Philharmonic debut; and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8, tonight, October 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
When Ms. Steinbacher made her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in February 2012, performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, The Plain Dealer praised the work's intimate, emotional dimensions, conveying its molten ardor, frivolity, and heavenly her as "an artist of refined introspection who makes music as much for her own fulfillment as her listeners ... she savored tenderness." The performance of Osvaldo Golijov's Last Round represents the first time that the Argentinian composer's music has been featured on a New York Philharmonic subscription concert; his Azul is being performed earlier in the season, on the Opening Gala concert, September 25. Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein's subscription debut in this program follows his appearances with the Orchestra at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; Young People's Concerts; School Day Concerts; the Philharmonic's acclaimed 2011-12 season finale program, Philharmonic 360, at Park Avenue Armory; and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
- Pre-Concert Talks
Author, pianist, and professor Arbie Orenstein will introduce the program. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts available for multiple concerts, students, and groups. They take place one hour before each performance in the Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Attendance is limited to 90 people. Information: nyphil.org or (212) 875-5656.
- National and International Radio Broadcast
The program will be broadcast the week of November 3, 2013,* on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network.
The 52-week series, hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, is generously underwritten by The Kaplen Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Philharmonic's corporate partner, MetLife Foundation. The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.
*Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Joshua Weilerstein, in his third season as the New York Philharmonic's Assistant Conductor, makes his subscription debut with the Orchestra in these concerts. In 2009 Mr. Weilerstein, then 21 years old, was unanimously 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, marking his professional conducting debut. During the 2013-14 season, Mr. Weilerstein makes several debuts in the United States with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Fort Worth, and New Mexico, and he returns to the Florida Orchestra. In Europe he debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He also returns to the BBC, Danish National, and Finnish Radio symphony orchestras; Oslo Philharmonic; Swedish Chamber Orchestra; and Northern Sinfonia. Born into a musical family, Joshua Weilerstein 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 spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 studying with David Zinman and Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was awarded the Robert J. Harth and Aspen Conducting Prizes, its most distinguished honors. In 2007 the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSO) engaged Mr. 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 Mr. Weilerstein the ensemble's first non-Venezuelan guest member. In January 2010 he made his guest conducting debut with the SBSO. Recent engagements include the Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Royal Stockholm, and Brussels philharmonic orchestras; Toronto, BBC, and BBC Scottish symphony orchestras; and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Violinist Arabella Steinbacher has performed with many of the world's major orchestras including the Boston, London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Bavarian Radio, NDR, NHK, and Cleveland symphony orchestras; Dresden Staatskapelle; Philharmonia Orchestra; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; and Munich Philharmonie. She has worked with leading conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Zubin Mehta, Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Highlights of her 2013-14 season include debuts at the Salzburger Festspiele and, in these performances, with the New York Philharmonic; performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, Russian National Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, hr-Sinfonieorchester under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit; and a tour with the Dresdner Philharmonic. Ms. Steinbacher is recording exclusively for PentaTone Classics; in April 2013 she released her latest CD, featuring violin concertos by Bruch and Korngold. Arabella Steinbacher currently plays the "Booth" Stradivari (1716), generously provided by the Nippon Music Foundation. She lives in her hometown of Munich, Germany.