Violinist Joshua Bell with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
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Going to the Bowl is an experience I enjoy so immensely, I'll see practically anything there. Although I'm not a classical music fan, I knew that Joshua Bell would be amazing. And he was. The 2 French pieces he did ranged from passionate to...continued
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Berlioz: Hungarian March from “La Damnation de Faust”
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso
For over two decades, Joshua Bell has been captivating audiences worldwide, coming to national attention at age 14 with his highly acclaimed 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 unique presence in the music world.
p. At age 18, he signed with London/Decca, recording classical violin repertoire. Searching to expand his musical horizons, Bell joined Sony Classical in 1996, resulting in a diverse collection of albums. He received a Grammy and a Mercury Music Prize for his recording of the Nicholas Maw Violin Concerto. The Sibelius and Goldmark Violin Concertos (with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic) received the Echo Klassik Award for Best Concerto Recording. Gershwin Fantasy, Short Trip Home, and West Side Story Suite received Grammy nominations for Best Classical Crossover Album. He also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis on his spoken word children’s album, Listen to the Storyteller, and Béla Fleck’s Perpetual Motion, both of which won Grammy awards. He recently recorded the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Berlin Philharmonic) and the Mendelssohn and Beethoven violin concertos.
For three years, Bell was deeply involved in the creation of John Corigliano’s Academy Award-winning score for the 1999 film The Red Violin. In 2003, Bell collaborated with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on the world premiere of Corigliano’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (“The Red Violin”), drawn from the film score. Recently Bell, Alsop, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recorded this concerto for Sony Classical; the disc, coupled with Bell’s recording of Corigliano’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, was released in 2007.
Bell received his first violin at age four and was serious about the instrument by age 12, thanks in large part to the inspiration of renowned violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold, who had become his beloved teacher and mentor.
In 1989, Bell received an artist diploma in violin performance from Indiana University. He has been named an “Indiana Living Legend” and received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award. In 2005 he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame.
In January he was the only U.S. musician named by the World Economic Forum as one of the Young Global Leaders of ’07. He currently serves on the Artist Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Joshua Bell plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.