Violinist Joshua Bell is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. In the 2013–14 season he will tour with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields (ASMF), where he was recently named music director — the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Mariner formed the orchestra in 1958.
Highlights of his 2013–14 season include a European and U.S. tour with the ASMF, performances with the Houston Symphony and Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras, and an appearance at Carnegie Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Bell performs the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic, led by Paavo Järvi, and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. The season also includes a U.S. recital tour and a Kennedy Center appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra.
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 French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home With Friends, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the ASMF, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. His discography encompasses the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Red Violin.
Joshua Bell’s 2007 incognito subway station performance in Washington, D.C., resulted in a provocative Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning story examining art and context. The conversation continues with the new Annick Press illustrated children’s book, The Man with the 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 he came to national attention with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and at age 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut. Mr. Bell, who plays the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius, is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, and recently received the New York Recording Academy Honors, among other accolades.