An Evening with Joshua Bell
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto
Like no other violinist of recent times, Joshua Bell has captured the imaginations of both critics and audiences. Bell is a true classical music superstar, enjoying a successful concert career; famous chamber music collaborations; occasional partnerships with artists outside the classical arena, including Josh Groban, James Taylor and Sting; and performances as featured soloist in movie soundtracks, including, famously, “The Red Violin.”
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With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. 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.
In the fall he joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and partakes in the New York Philharmonic’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, performing Bernstein’s Serenade led by Alan Gilbert. A nine-city North American recital tour with pianist Alessio Bax includes Chicago’s Symphony Center and Washington, D.C.’s Strathmore Center. He makes appearances with the Vienna Symphony and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic and performs multiple concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. In spring 2018, Bell continues with the Academy in tours covering the United Kingdom, the United States, and Asia, with highlights in London, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai. With pianist Sam Haywood, he performs 10 recitals in Europe and America that take them to the Philharmonie de Paris, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and beyond. On February 7, 2018, Bell reunites with longtime collaborator pianist Jeremy Denk for a recital broadcast live from Carnegie Hall. Further season highlights include the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Cristian Măcelaru, the Danish National Symphony with Măcelaru, and an all-Beethoven play/direct program with the Orchestre National de Lyon.
On August 18, Sony Classical will release Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that displays Bell’s unique range, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity.
2017 saw the release of the illustrated children’s book The Dance of the Violin, recalling a seminal moment in Bell’s 12-year-old life when, after initially making a mistake at the Stulberg International String Competition, he is given a second chance. Published by Annick Press, the book was written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić. This marks Bell’s second appearance in a children’s book. The first was The Man With the Violin, released a year ago by the same author and illustrator, retelling the story of Bell’s famous experiment in Washington, D.C.’s Metro station 10 years ago.
A dedicated arts advocate, Bell is involved with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, a partnership between The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.