Joshua Bell

Violin

Music Director, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields

Biography

JOSHUA BELL is among the most celebrated violinists of his era, renowned for his passion, restless curiosity and multi-faceted musical interests. His scope is almost unparalleled, equally at home as a soloist, chamber music, recording artist and orchestra leader. Bell was named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, becoming the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

Bell’s 2015 summer performances include a South American and European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a tour to South Africa including appearances with the Johannesburg Philharmonic and Starlight Classics, performances in New York and Shanghai with the New York Philharmonic and summer festivals including Verbier, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart and Saratoga.

Bell kicks off the Fall season performing with the Houston, St. Louis and Indianapolis Symphony orchestras,  a U.S. recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood, a European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and three concerts as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert both end the year and start 2016.  The New Year continues with a U.S. recital tour with Sam Haywood and concerts with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Orchestral dates include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Centennial season celebration conducted by Marin Alsop, appearances with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Jarvi, and the London Symphony Orchestra. Bell then heads to Asia for a recital tour with Alessio Bax. After a return to Europe for a recital tour with Sam Haywood he is back in the U.S. for a guest solo date with the Detroit Symphony followed by a tour of the Middle East with the Israel Philharmonic led by Michael Stern.

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Reviews

“Mr. Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.”

The New York Times

“Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today.”

The Boston Herald