Joshua Bell

Violinist Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare beauty.  Performing on his legendary 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius violin, Bell’s recognition includes multiple GRAMMYs, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year.

Bell made his orchestral debut at age 14 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Appearances last season include Tanglewood, Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl, the Verbier, Salzburg, Saratoga and Mostly Mozart festivals, and performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Omaha, Cincinnati and Detroit Symphonies. Bell toured Europe with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as their new Artistic Director.  Bell has performed for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping. 

Bell’s numerous recordings include the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, the bluegrass inspired Short Trip Home, and the jazz influenced Gershwin Fantasy.  Bell’s Romance of the Violin earned Billboard’s “Classical CD of the Year” and “Classical Artist of the Year”.

Bell was the violinist behind the Oscar-winning The Red Violin.  Television appearances include The Tonight Show, Sesame Street, and Great Performances.  Publications include Strad, Gramophone, and People’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue.  Bell famously performed in a Washington, DC subway station for Gene Weingarten’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post story.

Bell serves on the Kennedy Center Honors artist committee and the New York Philharmonic’s Board of Directors.  He earned his Artist Diploma from Indiana University, where he serves as a senior lecturer.

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