Biography

Leader and Violin

With a career spanning almost four decades, Grammy Award-winning violinist JOSHUA BELL is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, Mr. Bell continues to maintain engagements as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor, and Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Mr. Bell’s highlights this season include engagements with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the 2021 BBC Proms and throughout Europe and the US on tour, Philadelphia Orchestra for a play/conduct program, New York Philharmonic, and tours with the Israel Philharmonic and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell began violin at age four, and at age twelve began studies with Josef Gingold. At fourteen, he debuted with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and at seventeen debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Saint Louis Symphony. At eighteen, he signed with his first label, London Decca, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In the years following, he has been named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, nominated for six Grammy awards, and received the Avery Fisher Prize. He has also received the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award and a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1991 from the Jacobs School of Music. In 2000, he was named an Indiana Living Legend.

Mr. Bell has performed for three American presidents and the sitting justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. He participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for its first cultural mission to Cuba, joining with Cuban and American musicians to celebrate renewed cultural diplomacy through a 2017 Live from Lincoln Center Emmy-nominated PBS special, Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba.