Joshua Bell's stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone, and charismatic stage presence have
brought him universal acclaim. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Mr. Bell recently received
the New York Chapter Recording Academy Honors and was the first person appointed music
director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (ASMF) since Sir Neville Marriner
formed the orchestra in 1958. The ensemble's first CD under Mr. Bell's
leadership-Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7-debuted at the top of the
Billboard classical chart. Mr. Bell's holiday-themed CD Musical
Gifts-featuring collaborations with Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Chick Corea,
Alison Krauss, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming, and others-was released last month.
Mr. Bell's season highlights include a European and US tour with ASMF and performances
with the Houston, Dallas, and St. Louis symphony orchestras. Mr. Bell performs the Brahms
Violin Concerto with Paavo Järvi conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the
Sibelius Violin Concerto with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A US
recital tour and a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performance with the
National Symphony Orchestra round out the season.
Mr. Bell's 2007 incognito Washington, DC, subway station performance resulted in a
provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post story that examined art
and context. The conversation continues with the new illustrated children's book The
Man with the Violin.
As a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs
garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. Recent releases
include works of French Impressionism with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home
with Friends, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. His discography encompasses
the major violin repertoire, in addition to John Corigliano's Oscar-winning soundtrack to
The Red Violin.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12
began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. Two years later, Mr. Bell came to
national attention through performances with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra,
and at age 17, he made his Carnegie Hall debut. Bell plays the 1713 Huberman