An Evening with Joshua Bell (Only Simulcast Tickets Available)
Evening performance and discussion with Joshua Bell, violinist
*Minimum attendance age: 6 years old
Registration: 6:45 pm
Performance and discussion: 7:00 pm
Drinks reception: 8:00 pm
Close: 9:00 pm
Often referred to as the "poet of the violin," Joshua Bell's stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell recently received the New York Recording Academy Honors. As the first person appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF) since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958, their first CD under Bell's leadership of Beethoven's 4th and 7th Symphonies debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart. A holiday-themed CD, Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends, featuring collaborations with Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Chick Corea, Alison Krauss, Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming and others was recently released in October 2013.
Season highlights include a European and U.S. tour with ASMF, performances with the Houston, Dallas and St. Louis symphonies, and an appearance at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bell performs the Brahms concerto with Paavo Järvi conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, and Sibelius with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A U.S. recital tour, a Kennedy Center performance with the National Symphony Orchestra and dates with the Los Angeles Philharmonic round out the season.
Bell's 2007 incognito subway station performance resulted in a provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post story examining art and context. The conversation continues with the new Annick Press illustrated children's book, The Man With the Violin.
As a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home With Friends, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. His discography encompasses the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano's Oscar-winning soundtrack The Red Violin (2000).
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later, Bell came to national attention with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and at age 17 made his Carnegie Hall debut. Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. He has twice performed before President Obama and returned to the Capital to perform for Vice President Biden and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.
Bell plays the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius. He will be joined by pianist Alessio Bax, detouring to Hong Kong from his China tour with the San Diego Symphony for one night only to perform at Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Post-performance discussion on his artistic journey will be moderated by Executive Director S. Alice Mong.
This evening is made possible by support from Mr. and Mrs. Lim Seng Bee and Seraphin Capital Limited.
Joshua Bell appears by arrangement with IMG Artists LLC, Carnegie Hall Tower, 152 West 57th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Mr. Bell records exclusively for Sony Classical.