Joshua Bell is an award winning violinist
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the world of classical music. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, Bell is the first to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.
Bell received his first violin at age four, and at twelve began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. At fourteen, he performed with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at seventeen made his Carnegie Hall debut. His incognito performance in a Washington, D.C. subway station in 2007 transformed his reputation from "musician’s musician" to "household name." Ever adventurous, Bell had agreed to participate in the Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten, which thoughtfully examined art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion.