JOSHUA BELL SPECTACULAR
Beethoven, Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano
Grieg, Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Bartok, Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
Brahms, Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Joshua Bell, violin
Sam Haywood, piano
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." Recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Mr. Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and orchestra leader, Mr. Bell's 2014 summer highlights included performances with the Indianapolis and Detroit Symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Appearances at Aspen, Festival del Sole Napa, Ravinia, Verbier, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood and two concerts with the New York Philharmonic rounded out the summer. The year 2015 will commence with European tours with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as a U.S. and Canadian recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood. Spring guest soloist performances with orchestras include the Munich Philharmonic and Orchestra Nacional d’Espana and three Czech chamber music concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall with cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label. The Essential Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin and Romance of the Violin was named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year by Billboard, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. Bell received critical acclaim for his concerto recordings of Sibelius and Goldmark, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Maw concerto. His Grammy-nominated Gershwin Fantasy for violin and orchestra based on themes from Porgy and Bess led to a Grammy-nominated Bernstein recording that included the premiere of the West Side Story Suite as well as the composer's Serenade. Bell appeared on the Grammy-nominated crossover recording Short Trip Home with composer and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, as well as a recording with Meyer of the Bottesini Gran Duo Concertante. Bell also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis on the Grammy-winning spoken word children's album Listen to the Storyteller and Béla Fleck’s Grammy Award winning recording, Perpetual Motion. Highlights of the Sony Classical film soundtracks on which Bell has performed include The Red Violin, which won the Oscar for Best Original Score.
In 2007, Mr. Bell performed incognito in a Washington, DC subway station for a Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten that examined art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion. Mr. Bell has been embraced by a wide television audience with appearances ranging from The Tonight Show, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, and CBS Sunday Morning to Sesame Street. Bell has appeared in publications ranging from The Strad and Gramophone to Time, The New York Times, People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Vogue and Reader’s Digest among many.
Growing up with his two sisters in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell placed fourth in a national tennis tournament at age 10 and still keeps his racquet close by. At age four, he received his first violin after his parents noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around his dresser drawer handles. By 12, he was serious about the instrument, thanks in large part to the inspiration of Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor. Two years later, Mr. Bell came to national attention in debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Carnegie Hall debut, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a notable recording contract further confirmed his presence.
In 1989, Mr. Bell received an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Indiana University, where he currently serves as a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music. Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. He has performed three times under the patronage of President and Mrs. Obama and returned to the Capital to perform for Vice President Biden and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte.
Pianist Sam Haywood, a regular duo partner of Joshua Bell, has played to critical acclaim in many of the world's major concert halls.
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on Joshua Bell...
“Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today.” – The Boston Herald
“Most perfect interpreter of this generation.” – Houston Chronicle
“Joshua Bell will be the one remembered in 50 years’ time.” – The Strad
“Few people on earth can evoke as sweet a sound from a string instrument as Joshua Bell.” – The Kansas City Star
“Simply spectacular” – S.F. Bay Area Reporter
“The American violinist with movie-star good looks has emerged as one of the finest musicians of his generation, whose interpretations can be seriously set beside and favorably compared to players twice his age. Dead players too.” – The Washington Post
“The presence of Mr. Bell, one of the world’s most popular classical musicians and a virtuoso refreshingly traditional in his preference for a sweet, singing tone and tasteful vibrato in Mozart, surely accounted for the boisterous crowd that attended the sold-out evening concert.” – The New York Times
“Once every few decades or so, some great classical instrumentalist manages to capture the popular imagination. For this era in America, that musician has been violinist Joshua Bell.” – Santa Barbara Independent