The superstar violinist came in to our studio and answered some of your pressing violin questions.
Joshua Bell is an award-winning American violinist and Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Along with his orchestra, he is Classic FM's Artist in Residence. He has recorded 26 albums and earned the rare title of classical music superstar.
Life and Music
- Raised in Indiana, Joshua received his first violin at age four after his parents noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around the handles of his dresser drawers.
- Under the tuition of renowned violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold, Joshua went on to perform with nearly every leading symphony orchestra and conductor.
- At the age of 18, Joshua signed his first recording contract with London/Decca for whom he went on to record much of the classical violin repertoire.
- Searching to expand his musical horizons, he joined Sony Classical in 1996, a relationship that has yielded a diverse collection of albums.
- From 2002-03 Joshua appeared at the Aspen, Verbier, Tanglewood, Saratoga and Blossom festivals, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Rome.
- Joshua has also performed on a number of film soundtracks including Hans Zimmer’s score for Angels and Demons and Iris, composed by James Horner.
- Along with his orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Joshua is Classic FM's Artist in Residence for a year from September 2015.
Did you know?
In 2002, Joshua Bell’s Grammy-winning recording of the West Side Story Suite, based on Leonard Bernstein's work, was spotlighted by a performance on the 44th Annual Grammy Awards telecast. The same music was featured on the 2001 PBS Great Performances special.
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