Bell, Joshua

Bell, Joshua Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. The ensemble’s recording under Mr. Bell’s leadership, comprising Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies on Sony Classical, made its Billboard Classical chart debut at No. 1. His recording of the Bach violin concertos with the orchestra was released September 29, 2014, to coincide with the airing of the HBO documentary special Joshua Bell: A YoungArtsMasterClass. He has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. His discography encompasses critically-acclaimed performances of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell received his first violin at age four and at twelve he began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. Two years later he came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra and, at 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut. Mr. Bell’s career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, and he is an outspoken advocate for classical music and keeping music education in schools.