With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Born in Bloomington, IN, he received his first violin at age four and at twelve began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Since 2011, he has served as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Mr. Bell records exclusively for Sony Classica, and his more than forty albums have garnered Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards. His most recent release features Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G minor Violin Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. His previous release, For the Love of Brahms from 2016, features the Academy, Steven Isserlis, and Jeremy Denk.
Mr. Bell’s incognito performance in a Washington DC metro station inspired Kathy Stinson’s 2013 children’s book, The Man with the Violin, and a newly-commissioned animated film, with music by Academy award-winning composer Anne Dudley. He is also the focus of Ms. Stinson’s 2017 book, Dance with the Violin, illustrated by Dušan Petričić.
Convinced of the value of music as a diplomatic and educational tool, Mr. Bell participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. He maintains active involvement with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, which provide instruments and arts education to children.
Joshua Bell performs on the 1713 “Huberman” Stradivarius violin with a François Tourte eighteenth-century bow. He first appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in 1991, as a Shenson Young Artist, and he has returned many times since. For more information, visit joshuabell.com.