Leila Josefowicz took up the violin at the early age of three; by the time she turned eight, she already performed Max Bruch's Violin Concerto. On gala nights, the child prodigy shared the stage with celebrities like Ronald Reagan and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
At the age of thirteen, Josefowicz started her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Joseph Brodsky and Jaime Laredo. After achieving her music degree and high school diploma at the same time, the Canadian-American violinist released her first CD featuring the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky and Sibelius - which catapulted her onto the world stage.
When she was twenty, she had a temporary sideline as fashion model for Chanel.
For years now, Leila Josefowicz is acclaimed for championing contemporary music. She works closely with such prominent composers as John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews and Steven Mackey and has a great number of world premieres to her name.
She made her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2004 with Oliver Knussen’s Violin Concerto In October 2015 she performed solo with the Orchestra in the European premiere of John Adams’ Sheherezade.2 under the baton of the composer during the AAA programme Breaking News.