Joshua Bell is at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and orchestra leader and is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. With repertoire and performances ranging from Bach, to jazz standards, to world music, his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Bell has spent time previously in the Twin Cities area as an Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Schubert Club is delighted to welcome him to The Ordway’s stage again after his performance in our 2007-2008 season.
Growing up with his two sisters in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell was an avid computer game player. He placed fourth in a national tennis tournament at age 10, and still keeps his racquet close by. At age four, he received his first violin after his parents, both mental health professionals, noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around his dresser drawer handles. By 12, he was serious about the instrument, thanks in large part to the inspiration Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor. Two years later, Bell came to national attention in debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Carnegie Hall debut, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a notable recording contract further confirmed his presence.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label. In October, 2014 HBO aired the documentary special Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass to coincide with the eagerly anticipated release of his Bach album recorded with The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
In 1989, Bell received an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Indiana University where he currently serves as a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music. His alma mater honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award, he has been named an “Indiana Living Legend” and is the recipient of the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award.
In 2007, Bell performed incognito in a Washington, DC subway station for a Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten examining art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion. The conversation continues to this day, thanks in part to the September, 2013 publication of the illustrated children’s book, The Man With the Violin by Kathy Stinson illustrated by Dušan Petričić from Annick Press.
Bell has received many accolades: In 2013 he was honored by the New York Chapter, The Recording Academy; in 2012 by the National YoungArts Foundation, in 2011 he received the Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment Magazine. Bell was named “Instrumentalist of the Year, 2010” by Musical America and received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University. In 2009 he was honored by Education Through Music and received the Academy of Achievement Award in 2008. In 2007 he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005.
Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. He has performed three times under the patronage of President and Mrs. Obama and returned to the Capital to perform for Vice President Biden and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte.
Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. As a chamber musician he is a regular duo partner of Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, and performs with many leading chamber ensembles.
For Hyperion he has recorded the piano works of Russian pianist-composer Julius Isserlis, grandfather of cellist Steven Isserlis. His latest album ‘Composers in Love’ brings together both well-loved and lesser known music inspired by composers’ muses. To celebrate Chopin’s bicentennial year, Haywood made the world première recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands. He is also featured on Joshua Bell’s ‘Musical Gifts’ for Sony Masterworks. He has broadcast widely in USA and Europe and was recently a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Midweek.
Following Haywood’s early success in BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him their prestigious Isserlis Award. He studied with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna, where he began his enduring love affair with opera. At the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was mentored by the great teacher Maria Curcio, a pupil of Artur Schnabel.
Private audiences have included Princess Diana, HRHs Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Hillary Clinton and Xi Jingping, President of China.
Haywood is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Solent Music Festival, which combines recitals by internationally-renowned artists with projects in the local community. He attaches great importance to his work with young people. He is an Ambassador to the West Lakes Academy, has written a children’s opera and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and master classes. His ‘Song of the Penguins’, for bassoon and piano, is published by Emerson Editions.
He is also the inventor of memorystars (memory-stars.com), which can dramatically reduce the time needed to memorise a music score, or indeed any printed text.
His many passions include inspiring science lectures, natural history, technology, magic, scooting, table tennis and chess.
Date & Venue
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3pm
Ordway Music Theater
Please join us in the Marzitelli Foyer one hour prior to the performance for a pre-concert talk by Mark Mazullo
Chaconne – Attributed to Tomaso Antonio Vitali
Sonata No. 9 in A major, Opus 47, Kreutzer – Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata in A major – César Franck
Hungarian Dance No. 1 – Johannes Brahms
Liebeslied – Fritz Kreisler
Scherzo-Tarantella, Op. 16 – Henryk Wieniawski
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.
Mr. Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.The New York Times
Few prodigies make it into musical maturity, but Bell has evolved from a technical whiz to a true artist and intellectual whose music feeds both your brain and your heart.Newsweek