Joshua Weilerstein was appointed artistic director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne starting in the 2015–16 season. Weilerstein began his career as a violinist. After graduating from the New England Conservatory, he made solo appearances with orchestras throughout the world and served as principal violinist of the Boston-based Discovery Ensemble.
As a conductor, Weilerstein attracted widespread attention when he won the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen. During his three-year-long tenure as assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, he was closely involved in the Young People’s Concerts there. He has since conducted the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Detroit and Vancouver. Weilerstein has maintained a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar for many years.
He was one of three candidates to take part in the conducting masterclass given by Valery Gergiev with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in April 2015. Weilerstein is making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2016–17 season.