Leila Josefowicz's passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programmes 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 2016/17 season include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony orchestras. Josefowicz returns to the London Symphony Orchestra in December 2016, performing John Adams' Scheherazade.2 in London, Paris and Dijon. In North America Josefowicz appears with the St Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony and Minnesota orchestras.
Violin concertos have been written especially for Leila Josefowicz by composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews and Steven Mackey. Scheherazade.2 (Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra) by Adams was given its world premiere by Josefowicz in 2015 with the New York Philharmonic. Luca Francesconi's concerto Duende - The Dark Notes, also written for Josefowicz, was given its world premiere by her in 2014 with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki before being performed by Josefowicz, Mälkki and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2015.
Recent highlights include tours with The Cleveland and the Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras as well as performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Toronto Symphony and Sydney Symphony orchestras. In recital Josefowicz has recently appeared at New York's Zankel Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, and in Denver, Berkeley, and Budapest.
Josefowicz has released several recordings, notably for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal and Warner Classics and was featured on Touch Press' acclaimed iPad app, The Orchestra. Her latest recording, featuring Scheherazade.2 with the St Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson, is released in September 2016. Josefowicz's recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014.