With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Since 2011 Mr. Bell has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. His interests range from the repertoire’s hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. He has also premiered works by John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg, and Behzad Ranjbaran.
Committed to expanding classical music’s social and cultural impact, Mr. Bell has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Anoushka Shankar, Frankie Moreno, Josh Groban, and Sting. He maintains an avid interest in film music, recently commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin (1998), the Academy Award–winning soundtrack that features Mr. Bell as soloist. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Opus Klassik awards.
Mr. Bell advocates for music as an essential educational tool. He maintains active involvement with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, which provide instruments and arts education to children who may not otherwise experience classical music first-hand.
Among his many accolades, Mr. Bell received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and an “Indiana Living Legend.” He received the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award and a 1991 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from his alma mater, the Jacobs School of Music.
A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.