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Biography

Violin

 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. Since 2011, he has served as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Sir Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958.

Mr. Bell’s interests range from repertory hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy award. Committed to expanding music’s cultural impact, he has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Frankie Moreno, and Josh Groban.

Recently, Mr. Bell joined cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk to record Mendelssohn’s piano trios, slated for release in early 2020. He also collaborated with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra on a record featuring The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, to be released in fall 2020.

An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist, Mr. Bell has recorded more than forty albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Opus Klassik awards. A 2018 release, with Mr. Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, featuring Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G minor Violin Concerto, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy award.

Mr. Bell’s incognito performance in a Washington DC metro station was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning article in the Washington Post and inspired Kathy Stinson’s 2013 children’s book, The Man with the Violin. In 2017 Mr. Bell debuted a Man with the Violin family concert, including a newly-commissioned animated film, with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.

Born in Bloomington, IN, Mr. Bell began playing the violin at age four, and at age twelve, began studies with Josef Gingold. At fourteen, he made his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra; he made his Carnegie Hall debut at age seventeen with the Saint Louis Symphony. He received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and an Indiana Living Legend.

Joshua Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, with a François Tourte eighteenth-century bow.