Joshua Bell is an award winning violinist
With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
Fall 2018 performances include the season-opening concerts of the National Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda and Cincinnati Symphony with Louis Langrée, plus performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, Baltimore Symphony with Cristian Măcelaru, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Stockholm Philharmonic. A key highlight is the special live film concert with the New York Philharmonic of the 1998 Academy Award-winning film score for The Red Violin in commemoration of the film’s 20th anniversary.
During the season, Bell continues his worldwide tours with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and his North American and European recital tours with pianist Sam Haywood. A highlight of the season will be a first-ever tour with his longtime friends pianist Jeremy Denk and cellist Steven Isserlis to 10 cities in North America including New York at Lincoln Center. Spring 2019 sees him performing with the Czech Philharmonic under Christoph Eschenbach, Israel Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda, Camerata Salzburg with Andrew Manze, Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck, plus Munich Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony – including The Man with the Violin children’s film concert – and a play/conduct with the Houston Symphony.
Recently released is Bell’s recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G Minor Concerto. His previous release was the Joshua Bell Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of Bell’s Sony recording highlights from the past 20 years.
Bell recently engaged in two tech projects: With Embertone, the virtual instrument sampling company, the Joshua Bell Virtual Violin was created for producers, artists, engineers and composers. Bell also teamed up with Sony for the Joshua Bell VR Experience featuring Bell performing Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1 in full 360-degrees, available for free download on SONY PlayStation 4 VR.
2017 saw the release of the illustrated children’s book The Dance of the Violin, recalling a seminal moment in Bell’s 12-year-old life when, when he made a mistake at the Stulberg International String Competition and what transpired when given a second chance. Published by Annick Press, the book was written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić. This marks Bell’s second appearance in a children’s book. The first was The Man with the Violin, released a year ago by the same author and illustrator, retelling the story of Bell’s famous experiment in Washington, D.C.’s Metro station a decade ago.
A dedicated arts advocate, Bell is involved with Education Through Music, and Turnaround Arts, a partnership between The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.