Joshua Bell is Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the first person and first American to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
He made his solo debut at age 14 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and orchestra leader, he has since performed with the world's leading orchestras and conductors and recorded over 40 albums, which earned him many prestigious awards. He has also made numerous TV appearances.
Joshua Bell received his first violin at age 4 after his parents noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around the handles of his dresser drawers. By age 12 he was serious about the instrument, thanks in large part to the inspiration of renowned violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor.
In 1989, he earned an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Indiana University, where he currently serves as a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music, and two years later received their Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has been named an "Indiana Living Legend" and received the Indiana Governor's Arts Awards. Other distinctions and awards include the Avery Fisher Prize (2007), Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America (2010), the Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment Magazine (2011).
Joshua Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and is on the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic. He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th-century French bow by François Tourte.
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