For more than two decades, Joshua Bell’s charismatic artistry has brought a fresh voice to venerable masterpieces and new works heard on recordings, in concert halls and movie theatres.
Performance highlights of Bell’s 09-10 season include the Toronto Symphony, a tour of South America, the Hollywood Bowl, Verbier, Tuscan Sun, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Menuhin, Gstaad and Enescu festivals and a return to the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall. Western hemisphere engagements include Toronto Symphony, Chicago Symphony and The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Bell performs at the Huberman Festival with the Czestochowa Philharmonic and returns to Moscow to perform with the Russian National Orchestra. 2010 will see Bell on a European and U.S. recital tour which includes Carnegie Hall and Disney Hall; a performance for the World Economic Forum, and dates in Paris, Budapest, Madrid, Athens, Zurich and Istanbul. Bell will perform with the New York Philhamonic, Israel Philharmonic and tour Asia with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and a recording contract further confirmed his presence.
Bell has recorded more than 30 CDs since his first recording at age 18, resulting in a richly varied catalogue of recordings. He received a Mercury Prize and Grammy Award for the Maw Violin Concerto. He received the Gramophone Award for his recording of the Barber and Walton Violin Concertos and Bloch’s Baal Shem. And he received the Echo Klassik Award for his Sibelius/Goldmark concerto recording. He has collaborated with numerous artists and on film scores including the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Red Violin. Recordings within the past year include Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and the film soundtracks to Defiance and Angels and Demons.
Bell received his first violin at age four and by age 12 was serious about the instrument, thanks to the inspiration of renowned violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold.
Bell plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.