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 of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields since 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. In September 2016, Sony Classical released Bell’s newest album, For the Love of Brahms, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk.
A dedicated advocate, Bell is a member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and in April 2016, he participated in the US government’s inaugural cultural mission to Cuba. He is involved in Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities led by Michelle Obama.
Bell’s 2016-17 season includes appearances with the Atlanta and Frankfurt Radio symphonies, the New York, Los Angeles, Vienna and Czech philharmonics; the San Francisco, Seattle and Montreal symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, National Arts Centre and Minnesota orchestras. He embarks on international orchestral tours throughout Europe with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony, and to Asia with the Orchestra de Paris. He makes recital appearances throughout North America with Alessio Bax and Sam Haywood, and he will serve as 2016-17 artist-in-residence with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Performing and collaborating across artistic and educational mediums, Bell will explore the depths of artistic possibilities examining synergies between music, dance, the culinary arts, literature, education, and technology.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.