Aug. 21, 2014 at SPAC
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Violinist Joshua Bell, renowned as one of today's singular musical talents, will be a featured soloist during the upcoming summer 2015 season of The Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Lauded by the Boston Herald as "the greatest American violinist active today" and the Houston Chronicle as the "most perfect interpreter of this generation," Mr. Bell's performance will highlight the August 21 program of the Orchestra's annual SPAC residency.
Mr. Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18. He was one of the first classical artists to have a music video on VH1, and was the subject of a BBC Omnibus documentary. In 2015 he will embark upon European tours with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as a U.S. and Canadian recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood. Spring guest soloist performances with orchestras include The Munich Philharmonic and Orchestra Nacional d'Espana and three Czech chamber music concerts at London's Wigmore Hall. Mr. Bell's restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar."
Among his numerous accolades are "Instrumentalist of the Year, 2010" from Musical America, as well as a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album for Gershwin Fantasy. Mr. Bell has been embraced by a wide television audience, with appearances ranging from The Tonight Show, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, and CBS Sunday Morning to Sesame Street. He 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 has returned to the Capital to perform for Vice President Biden and President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping.
One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Mr. Bell received his first violin at age four after his parents 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 of Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor. Two years later, he came to national attention in his 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. Graduating from Indiana University in 1989, he embarked upon a career which has taken him to the pinnacle of his craft.