~ Leila Josefowicz ~


"The key to happiness is having dreams.
The key to success is making them come true."





Leila Bronia Josefowicz was born in October 20, 1977 in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Canada.
Her parents are scientists, her mother is a geneticist and her father is a physicist. She has a younger brother. They moved to California and grew up in Los Angeles where she began the Suziki violin method at age 3 years old. Leila started formal lessons with Idel Low when she was 5 years old.
After a couple of years she began to study with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of performing arts in Northridge, Ca. She auditioned for Lipsett when she was 7 years old. He noticed she was a very special talent. He thought her ear could hear an absolute center of pitch. She was very disciplined and she attended public school,


At the age of 10 years, she played Wieniawski's Scherzo-Tarantelle for the opening of the Bob Hope Cultural Center and the audience gave her a standing ovation. Van Cliburn said: "She has the world at her feet, It's exciting for her, because great music is forever. She has attached her ideals to a star that will never fade". She moved to Philadelphia in 1991 and began to study violin with Jascha Brodsky and Jamie Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music. Leila graduated in 1997 from Curtis.

In 1994 she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She made her Carnegie Hall debut the same year performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She was awarded the Diapason d'Or prize for both her debut recording of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos and her 1996 CD, Leila Josefowicz- Solo. She plays with a warm romantic tone. The violin Leila performs on is the 1739 Ebersolt Guarnerius del Gesù violin loaned to her by by Dr. Herbert Axelrod.


Leila Josefowicz performs on the 1739 “Ebersolt” Guarnerius del Gesù violin.
She married conductor Kristjan Jaarvi, brother of Paavo and son of Neeme.
Kristjan is assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
She resides in NYC and has a young son.






Recordings by Leila Josefowicz
Leila Josefowicz - solo
Bartok-Sonata for Solo Violin
Kreisler- Recitativo & Scherzo-Caprice
Paganini- Introduction & Variations on
Paisiello's "Nel cor più non mi sento"
Schubert/Ernst- Erlkönig
Ysaye- Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 & No. 4
Leila Josefowicz
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Tchaikovsky- Violin Concerto, Op.35
Sibelius- Violin Concerto
Bohemian Rhapsodies
Sarasate- Carmen Fantasy & Zigeunerweisen
Saint-Saens- Introduction et rondo capriccioso
Chausson- Poème
Massenet- Méditation de Thaïs
Ravel- Tzigane
Wieniawski- Polonaise No. 1
For the End of Time
De Falla- Suite populaire espagnole
Messiaen- Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus
from "Quatuor pour la fin du temps"
Bartok- Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz. 75
Grieg- Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 45
Violin - is a book by Anne Rice
It is about a ghost who learned to play the violin
under the guidence of Beethoven and Pagnini.
After his death from his human life,
he took his violin into the world of the
undead and it brought with it a magical ability.
Violin for Anne Rice
Camille Saint-Saens-Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Massenet-Meditation from Thais
Pablo de Sarasate-Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
Ysaye-Sarabande from Sonata in E minor Op. 27 No. 4
Tchaikovsky- Violin Concerto in D
Sadin-Crescent Moon (Leila's Dance)
Prokofiev/Tchaikovsky Concertos
Prokofiev Concerto Nos. 1 No.1 in D, Op.19
Tchaikovsky Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26
Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99
Violin Sonata, Op. 134, John Novacek - Piano
Sakar Oramo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

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