Performance Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 8 PM

Joshua Bell
Sam Haywood

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Boston Herald calls Joshua Bell "the greatest American violinist active today.” Whether he is playing a virtuoso concerto, a chamber-music masterpiece, or working out on a jazz tune, Bell’s trademark honeyed tone, rhythmic acuity, and penetrating musical intelligence makes his every appearance a must-see event.


  • Joshua Bell, Violin
  • Sam Haywood, Piano


  • T. A. VITALI Chaconne in G Minor
  • BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
  • FAURÉ Violin Sonata No. 1
  • BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 1 (arr. Joseph Joachim)
  • KREISLER Liebesleid
  • WIENIAWSKI Scherzo-tarantelle, Op. 16

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Joshua Bell

    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 classical music world. Named the music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, Mr. Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. He has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards since his first recording at age 18.

    Mr. Bell kicked off the fall season performing with the Houston, St. Louis, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras. A US recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood, a European tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and concerts with the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert end the year 2015 and start 2016. Also scheduled are orchestral dates with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in celebration of its centennial season conducted by Marin Alsop, the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bell will also tour Asia with pianist Alessio Bax and Europe with Mr. Haywood. A Middle East performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra led by Michael Stern concludes the year.

    Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. At 14, he began his rise to stardom, performing with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra followed by his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17. Perhaps the event that helped most to grow his reputation was his incognito performance in a Washington, DC, subway station in 2007. Ever adventurous, Mr. Bell had agreed to participate in a Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten that thoughtfully examined art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion.

    Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late-18th-century French bow by François Tourte.

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  • Sam Haywood

    Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world's major concert halls. As a chamber musician, he regularly appears with Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis.

    Mr. Haywood has recorded the piano works of Russian pianist-composer Julius Isserlis. His latest album, Composers in Love, brings together both well-loved and lesser-known music inspired by composers' muses. To celebrate Chopin's bicentennial year, Mr. Haywood made the world-premiere recording on Chopin's own Pleyel piano, part of The Cobbe Collection. He is also featured on Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends. His performances have been broadcast extensively in the US and Europe, and he was recently a guest on BBC Radio 4's Midweek and BBC Radio 3's In Tune.

    Following Mr. Haywood's early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him its prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, where he began his enduring love affair with opera. At the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was mentored by the great teacher Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.

    Mr. Haywood has had private audiences with Princess Diana, Prince Michael of Kent, Hillary Clinton, and Xi Jinping.

    Mr. Haywood is co-founder and artistic director of the Solent Music Festival, which combines recitals by internationally renowned artists with projects in the local community. He attaches great importance to his work with young people: he is an ambassador to the West Lakes Academy, has written a children's opera, and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops, and master classes. His Song of the Penguins for bassoon and piano is published by Emerson Editions. He is also the inventor of memorystars, which can dramatically reduce the time needed to memorize a music score, or indeed any printed text.

    Mr. Haywood's many passions include natural history, physics, technology, magic, kick-scooting, fountain pens, creating hanging mobiles, and table tennis.

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At a Glance


This virtuoso showpiece—long attributed to Baroque composer Tomaso Antonio Vitali but now thought to be the work of another, unknown composer—is a perennial favorite of violinists and audiences alike.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

The bravura “Kreutzer” is the last of nine sonatas for violin and piano that Beethoven composed between 1797 and 1803. (Another nine years would elapse before he wrote his 10th and final violin sonata.) By rights, it should be called the “Bridgetower” Sonata, since Beethoven wrote it for the celebrated English violinist George Bridgetower. After the two men had a falling out, however, the composer switched the dedication to French virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer—who, ironically, never played it in public.

GABRIEL FAURÉ  Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13

One of Fauré’s early masterpieces, the A-Major Sonata was championed in his lifetime by such celebrity violinists as Pablo de Sarasate, Eugène Ysaÿe, Jacques Thibaud, and George Enescu. In composing a large-scale sonata in the mid-1870s, when opera was all the rage in Paris, Fauré was swimming against the tide. He waited more than four decades before writing another sonata for violin and two for cello.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Great Artists I.