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JOSHUA BELL – THE CLASSICAL COLLECTION
Releases 18 Aug 2017

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JOSHUA BELL With a career spanning more than 30 years […]
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JOSHUA BELL

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. Named music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the first person to hold this post since Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Mr. Bell is an exclusive Sony Classical artist and recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. He has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Grammy, Echo Klassik, and the Gramophone Classical Music awards.

As a member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Mr. Bell participated in the first cultural delegation to Cuba. He is involved in Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the committee led by Michelle Obama providing arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools.

Bell’s new season includes performances with the Czech Philharmonic, tours of Switzerland with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and to Korea and Japan with the Orchestra de Paris; in North America with the Atlanta and Minnesota Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in recital with pianist Alessio Bax at Lincoln Center, ending 2016 with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. 2017 includes tours to Europe and Australia with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields a U.S. recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood, and performances with the Montreal, Seattle Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

Bell returns to Washington, DC for a week long Artist-in-Residence, examining synergies between music, dance, the culinary arts, literature, education and technology including the world premiere co- commission from Anne Dudley of the family concert based on the best-selling book children’s book The Man with the Violin, inspired by Bell’s incognito 2007 Washington, DC Metro performance.

Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. At 14 he performed with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and at 17 made his Carnegie Hall debut. Perhaps the event that helped most to transform his reputation from ‘musician’s musician’ to ‘household name’ was his incognito performance in a Washington, DC subway station in 2007. Ever adventurous, Bell had agreed to participate in the Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten which thoughtfully examined art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion which continues to this day.

Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

 

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SONY CLASSICAL RELEASES JOSHUA BELL – THE CLASSICAL COLLECTION 14-CD BOX SET FEATURING RECORDINGS FROM THE PAST TWENTY YEARS AVAILABLE AUGUST 18, 2017

Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy® Award winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years.  The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, […]
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Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy® Award winning violinist has recorded for the label over the past twenty years.  The collection is available worldwide on August 18th, 2017. Displaying the unique breadth, versatility and breathtaking virtuosity, beguiling sensitivity and sheer tonal beauty that has made Bell an icon for audiences of all ages and musical tastes throughout the world, this new collection showcases Joshua Bell in cornerstones of the violin concerto repertoire, chamber music and concert pieces.

The repertoire in this career-spanning edition includes Bell’s 2008 recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (for which Bell has served since 2011 as Music Director), the 2014 Bach release, also with the ASMF, and two of Joshua’s most popular albums Romance of the Violin and Voice of the Violin, where the violinist regales us with arrangements  from MonteverdiMozartSchubertChopin and Bellini to DvořákDebussy and Orff.

Other highlights from the collection include British composer  Nicholas Maw’s Grammy® Award winning Violin Concerto , a work written for Bell in 1993, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington, conductor; The Red Violin Concerto based on themes from John Corigliano’s score to the film The Red Violin, with the Philharmonia Orchestra London  and Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leonard Bernstein’s cherished West Side Story Suite, also performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra London and David Zinman.

Rounding out this boxed set are Bell’s recordings of treasured masterpieces by BeethovenMendelssohn, TchaikovskyBrahmsGershwinRavel, and Sibelius – accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Michael Tilson Thomas, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Salzburg Camerata  with Sir Roger Norrington and Bell’s close friends and regular chamber music partners, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk. Bell is also featured as Music Director in riveting performances of Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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