Performance Monday, November 14, 2011 | 8 PM

Joshua Bell
Sam Haywood

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
With his celebrity status and ubiquitous presence as a recording artist, it’s easy to forget the most important thing about Joshua Bell: He’s one of the best violinists around. This recital, with frequent collaborator Sam Haywood, is sure to make the point that this is a virtuoso “who doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow” (The New York Times).


  • Joshua Bell, Violin
  • Sam Haywood, Piano


  • MENDELSSOHN Violin Sonata in F Major
  • BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2
  • YSAŸE Solo Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, "Ballade"
  • FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major

  • Encore:
  • CHOPIN Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 1


  • Joshua Bell

    oshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America's 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Mr. Bell was recently appointed music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Mr. Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Today, he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader, and composer who performs his own cadenzas in several major concertos.

    Mr. Bell's festival appearances in 2011 include Ravinia, Tanglewood, Verbier, and Mostly Mozart. Additional engagements include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the San Francisco and Colorado symphonies, and the Dallas, Atlanta, and National symphony orchestras; an appearance with the New York Philharmonic; and a European tour. In 2012, he tours the US in recital and with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and tours Europe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and in recital with Jeremy Denk.

    Since making his first LP recording at 18, Mr. Bell has recorded more than 36 CDs, winning Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards. He has made critically acclaimed recordings of works by Sibelius and Goldmark; the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos, both featuring his own cadenzas; and the Oscar-winning soundtrack to the film The Red Violin. Recent releases include At Home with Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, his new album of French sonatas with Jeremy Denk, French Impressions, will be released in January 2012.

    Mr. Bell received his first violin at age four, and by age 12 was serious about the instrument, thanks to violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold. He performs on the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.


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  • Sam Haywood

    Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim all over the world as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He regularly partners with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and has recorded extensively for radio and CD. His latest release, Chopin's Own Piano, was chosen as CD of the Week on BBC Radio 3 and is the first recording ever to have been made on Chopin's own Pleyel piano of 1846.

    To celebrate Chopin's bicentennial year in 2010, Mr. Haywood was invited to perform at Lancaster House in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra. Chopin himself performed for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the same venue-on the same day and on the same instrument-in 1848. Mr. Haywood's other recent performance highlights have included recital tours of Europe, the US, Japan, Indonesia, South America, and Canada, as well as performances of Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Athens and Odessa.

    Mr. Haywood began playing the piano at the age of four. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him its prestigious Isserlis prize. He studied in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda and at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio, a pupil of the legendary Artur Schnabel.

    Mr. Haywood has composed several piano works and various duos, including Song of the Penguins for bassoon and piano, published by Emerson Editions and inspired by the film March of the Penguins. He is also regularly involved in educational projects and has co-written a children's opera.

    Outside his musical world, Mr. Haywood loves to walk in his native Lake District and is an enthusiastic amateur magician and photographer. Visit for more information.

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Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, Allegretto poco mosso
Joshua Bell, Violin; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

At a Glance

FELIX MENDELSSOHN  Violin Sonata in F Major

Although not as well-known as his two sonatas for cello and piano, the second of Mendelssohn’s two violin sonatas bears the composer’s stylistic fingerprints on every page. It was written in 1838 for the German virtuoso Ferdinand David, who would give the premiere of Mendelssohn’s great E-Minor Violin Concerto seven years later.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Completed in 1802, Beethoven’s dark-hued C-Minor Sonata falls squarely between the sun-drenched lyricism of the “Spring” Sonata and the dazzling pyrotechnics of the “Kreutzer” Sonata. The two outer movements demonstrate Beethoven’s ability to build massive musical structures out of short motivic cells.

EUGÈNE YSAŸE  Solo Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”

In the tradition of Bach’s solo violin works, this bravura showpiece by Belgian violinist-composer Eugène Ysaÿe exploits the instrument’s technical and expressive resources to the full. As its subtitle implies, the short single-movement sonata combines lyricism and virtuosity in equal measure.

CÉSAR FRANCK  Violin Sonata in A Major

The luxuriantly romantic Sonata in A Major is considered by many to be Franck’s masterpiece. Composed for violinist Ysaÿe, it has been enthusiastically appropriated by cellists, violists, and flutists as well. The sonata’s centerpiece is a freely declamatory slow movement in which the two players meditate upon material presented earlier.

Program Notes

Joshua Bell, violin and Sam Haywood, piano perform Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor

Joshua Bell, violin and Sam Haywood, piano perform Wieniawski's Pollonaise Brilliante 
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The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Larry A. Silverstein in support of the 2011-2012 season.