Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty, earning him the title “classical music superstar.” An Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Bell is The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields’ newly named Music Director. Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire.
Bell’s 2011 festival appearances include Ravinia, Tanglewood, Verbier and Mostly Mozart. He performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal, Dallas, Colorado, Atlanta, San Francisco and National Symphony orchestras. A Carnegie Hall recital, appearances with the New York Philharmonic and European tours conclude 2011. 2012 includes a U.S. recital tour and a tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in the U.S. Bell tours Europe with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and in recital with Jeremy Denk.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, French Impressions, his new album of French sonatas with Jeremy Denk was released in January, 2012.
Since his first LP recording at 18, Bell has recorded more than 36 CDs garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik Awards.Recent releases include At Home With Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. He has recorded critically acclaimed performances of Sibelius and Goldmark and the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos both featuring his own cadenzas; and the Oscar winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.
Bell received his first violin at four and by age 12 was serious about the instrument thanks to violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.