An Evening with Joshua Bell
May 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Joshua Bell, violin
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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. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. In September 2016, Sony Classical released Bell’s newest album, For the Love of Brahms, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk.
A dedicated advocate, Bell is a member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and in April 2016, he participated in the U.S. government’s inaugural cultural mission to Cuba. He is involved in Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities led by Michelle Obama.
Bell’s 2016/17 season included season-opening appearances with the Atlanta Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra and performances with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, plus the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Seattle, Montreal and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Abroad he performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Czech Philharmonic. He embarked on international orchestral tours throughout Europe with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony, and to Asia with the Orchestra de Paris, the latter two tours conducted by Daniel Harding. He made recital appearances throughout North America with his recital partners Alessio Bax including at Lincoln Center and with Sam Haywood in a Westcoast tour.
A highlight of the 2016-17 season featured Bell in a week-long residency in Washington, D.C., where he served as 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra. Performing and collaborating across artistic and educational mediums, Bellexplored the depths of artistic possibilities examining synergies between music, dance, the culinary arts, literature, education, and technology.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.