The Managing director, François Bou, President François Decoster and the board of Orchestre National de Lille have appointed Mr. Joshua Weilerstein to the position of Musical Director as of September 2024. He will succeed Alexandre Bloch, who has been the musical director of the ONL since 2016 and remains in post until summer 2024. After 6 years as Artistic Director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, he has recently taken up his position as Chief Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. “ Joshua Weilerstein conducts the greatest orchestras around the world. His project is fully in line with the values ​​of our orchestra: openness, excellence and generosity ”, says François Bou, Managing director of the ONL. Coming from a large family of musicians, and a virtuoso violinist himself, Joshua Weilerstein’s repertoire ranges from the 17th to the 21st century and he has firmly established himself as one of the most prominent young conductors in the international musical landscape.

July 2023 concert in Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw – Joshua Weilerstein and Orchestre National de Lille
Born in Rochester (United States) in 1987, Joshua Weilerstein has a flourishing career as a guest conductor throughout the world.He is known for his expressive and dynamic presence on the podium, intense and knife-edge performances, his boundless enthusiasm, and his deep sense of music.  Joshua Weilerstein believes passionately in combining traditional and contemporary repertoire in his programmes, whenever possible including a piece by a living composer. He is deeply committed to music education, to developing audiences and to widening the appeal and accessibility of classical music to listeners; as such he launched his own classical music podcast in 2017, Sticky Notes*, for music lovers and newcomers alike, which has now had more than 4.5 million downloads in 175 countries.