Leader and Violin
With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958; he recently renewed his contract through 2020.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Mr. Bell has recorded more than forty CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards, and he was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. In addition, the Joshua Bell Virtual Reality Experience, produced by Sony, received a Lumiere Award.
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’s first release under Mr. Bell’s leadership, of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and was followed up by Bach. In 2016, Sony released Mr. Bell’s album For the Love of Brahms with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Jeremy Denk, followed in 2017 by the Joshua Bell Classical Collection, a fourteen-CD set of his Sony recording highlights from the past twenty years. Soon to be released is Mr. Bell’s recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Violin Concerto No. 1.
This season Mr. Bell performs Bernstein’s Serenade as part of the New York Philharmonic’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, and he also appears with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among others. His recital tours take him to Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and Washington DC’s Strathmore Center. Highlights in Europe include appearances as soloist with the Vienna Symphony and Danish National Symphony; as director and soloist with the Orchestre National de Lyon; and recitals in Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Bologna, Milan, and London. With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields he tours widely in the United Kingdom, United States, and Europe.
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 is also involved in Turnaround Arts, another project implemented by the committee and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which provides arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools.
Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late-eighteenth-century French bow by François Tourte.
Press Representation for Joshua Bell: Jane Covner, JAG Entertainment