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10 Things You May Not Know About Joshua Bell

1. Joshua Bell made his professional debut at age 14 with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

2. Joshua Bell's constant companion is his 1713 Stradivarius, the Gibson Ex Hubermann.

3. Joshua Bell was the 1996 Crystal Caliburn video game world champion for both Windows (4,432,143,360 points) and Macintosh (3,492,645,580 points).

4. Joshua Bell is the first person ever to be named music director of the Academy St. Martin in the Fields, since Sir Neville Marriner founded the orchestra I 1958.

5. Joshua Bell can't cook.

6. Joshua Bell became the Indiana State Junior Tennis Champion in the 9- and 10-year-old age group—­without a single lesson.

7. Joshua Bell considers his most ridiculous stunt to be paragliding in Sun Valley, Idaho—just before a performance with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

8. Joshua Bell's favorite television appearances have been on Sesame Street, The Tonight Show, and a telecast of the Grammy Awards.

9. In 2001, Joshua Bell played with Mark McComber and Dale Douglas in the Transamerica Pro-Am golf tournament at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California.

10. "Joshua Bell plays like a god." A quote from John Corigliano's Oscar acceptance speech for Best Original Score, The Red Violin, performed by Bell.

Hear Joshua Bell perform a program of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Ysaÿe, and Franck with Sam Haywood at Carnegie Hall on November 14.

Related: November 14, Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood  

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