With a career spanning more than 30 years, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards, and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the first person to hold this post since Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. His most recent album, For the Love of Brahms, was recorded with cellist Steven Isserlis, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and pianist Jeremy Denk.
A dedicated advocate, Mr. Bell participated in President Obama’s inaugural cultural mission to Cuba. As a result, Live From Lincoln Center presented Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba, featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and Dave Matthews. Mr. Bell is also a member of Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Mr. Bell’s 2016–17 season includes season-opening appearances with the Atlanta Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras, and performances with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert; Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel; the San Francisco, Seattle, and Montreal symphony orchestras; and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Abroad he performs with the Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. He tours throughout Europe with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to Asia with the Orchestre de Paris, the latter two conducted by Daniel Harding. He makes recital appearances throughout North America with Alessio Bax, including a stop at Lincoln Center, and with Sam Haywood in a West Coast tour.
Mr. Bell also has a week-long February residency in Washington, D.C., serving as 2016–17 artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bell is depicted in the 2013 children’s book The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, from Annick Press. As The Man with the Violin, he will perform and collaborate across artistic and educational mediums, exploring synergies between music, dance, the culinary arts, literature, education, and technology.
Joshua Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.