Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” JOSHUA BELL’s stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell received the New York Recording Academy Honors in June, 2013. Recently appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Bell is the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Their first recording under Bell's leadership of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies from Sony Classical debuted in February at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart and they will next record the Bach violin concertos.
This fall Bell performs a South American recital tour with pianist Alessio Bax and a European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Bell guests with the Houston, Dallas and St. Louis symphonies, and appears at Carnegie Hall’s season opening gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2014, Joshua reunites with his beloved Academy of St Martin in the Fields, directing Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th Symphonies. He will also perform the Brahms concerto with the legendary Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Paavo Järvi, and the Sibelius with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A U.S. recital tour with Sam Haywood, a performance at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra and dates with the Los Angeles Philharmonic round out the season.
In 2007, Bell performed incognito in a Washington, DC subway station for a Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten examining art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion. The conversation continues to this day, thanks in part to the September, 2013 publication of the illustrated children’s book, The Man With the Violin by Kathy Stinson illustrated by Dušan Petričić from Annick Press.
Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Scheduled for Fall, 2013 is Musical Gifts featuring holiday collaborations with artists including Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming and Alison Krauss. Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, the eclectic At Home With Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, The Red Violin Concerto, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin, which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. His discography encompasses critically-acclaimed performances of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and, at 17, debuted at Carnegie Hall. Bell’s career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.Official website, His page on Classical Archives.
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Nobel Prize Concert 2010 – Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Verbier Festival 2011