Joshua Bell



Born: December 9, 1967   Country: USA  
Joshua Bell, one of the top young violinists of our time, was born in 1967, in Bloomington, Indiana. Fortuitously, the small city in the limestone district of Indiana is the home of the Indiana University School of Music, which eventually assumed a decisive role in Bell's musical development. Bell was exposed to music from an early age and began his violin studies with Mimi Zweig. Bell's talents developed rapidly; he made his debut as a soloist Read more in performance with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at the age of seven. The eminent violin teacher Josef Gingold, a member of Indiana University's music faculty, took an interest in him and became his teacher; eventually Bell entered the University as a student. Bell's studies with Gingold were supplemented by additional studies and master classes with Ivan Galamian and Henryk Szeryng. Bell came to wide national attention as a grand prize winner in the first annual Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition in Rochester, NY. He soon appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti on September 24, 1982 -- the youngest person ever to appear with the orchestra as a soloist on a subscription concert. Bell's 1985 Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was greeted with the kind of enthusiastic reviews that were a bellwether of his successful concert and recording career.

By the mid-'90s, Bell had recorded much of the standard violin repertoire, exhibiting a musically informed and winning personal style. His playing is lyrical and bright, marked by a high-minded approach and a smooth, silvery tone. In the late '90s, Bell's eclectic tastes and multifaceted talents found voice in a wide range of projects outside the realm of the traditional violin repertoire. Bell's playing on John Corigliano's score to The Red Violin (1998) was singled out as one of the film's more memorable elements, while in 1999 he collaborated on a well-received CD of bluegrass-influenced music by composer Edgar Meyer. By the early 2000s, Bell was seen on numerous television programs and was even named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." He continued to work with musicians outside the classical realm, such as Chick Corea and James Taylor, meanwhile performing with the world's top orchestras and conductors. Other collaborations led to Bell's establishing chamber music recital series in both London and Paris. Artists such as Steven Isserlis, Pamela Frank, Jean-Yves Thibaudet are his partners in these recitals and in recordings. Read less
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    Leonard Bernstein: The Composer
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 534531 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Christopher Dedrick
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Benny Goodman,  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ben Steinberg,  Lehman Engel,  Samuel Krachmalnick  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band,  Norman Scribner Choir  ... 
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    Mozart: The Singles
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002576902 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Josef Triebensee,  André Rieu
    Performer:  Andras Schiff,  Barry Tuckwell,  Joshua Bell,  Erik Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  James Levine,  Sandor Végh,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble,  Amsterdam Mozart Players,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble  ... 
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    The Complete RCA Recordings / Isserlis
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88985312572 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Woldemar Bargiel  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Matthew Wilkie,  Marieke Blankestijn,  Douglas Boyd  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    For the Love of Brahms / Denk, Bell, Isserlis, ASMF
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 532179 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Steven Isserlis,  Jeremy Denk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Color Me Classical
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002528702 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Pascal Rogé,  Emma Johnson,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Music Lab Collective
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    Classical Wonderland: Classical Music for Children
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875117112 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Irene Timacheff-Gabetta,  Sol Gabetta,  Igor Levit  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
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    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Barber, Sibelius: Violin Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002386602 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Boris Belkin
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Bach / Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 308779 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Meyer, Bottesini: Concertos / Edgar Meyer, Bell, Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 56148 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini,  Edgar Meyer
    Performer:  Edgar Meyer,  Joshua Bell,  Yo-Yo Ma
    Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Musical Gifts / Joshua Bell & Friends
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 374318 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Walter Kent,  Jule Styne,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Alison Krauss,  Chick Corea,  Frankie Moreno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Straight No Chaser,  Young People's Chorus of New York City
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    Discover... Tchaikovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912802 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Herbert von Karajan,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Zubin Mehta
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    The Magic Mountain - Verbier Festival 20th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079078 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Martin Helmchen,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Ravel Complete Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728702 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Ivo Pogorelich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart  ... 
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    Violin Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742802 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John T. Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Barry Wordsworth,  Charles Dutoit,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Qigang Chen: The Flowers Of War - Original Soundtrack / Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 99256 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Qigang Chen
    Performer:  Jia Li,  Jiemin Yan,  Joshua Bell,  Xiaoduo Chen  ... 
    Conductor:  Yi Zhang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  China Philharmonic Orchestra,  Allmanna Sangen
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    French Impressions / Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 82026 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  César Franck,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Jeremy Denk
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    The Decca Sound - Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 20.
    Nobel Prize Concert - Joshua Bell, Sakari Oramo
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20215 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Nobel Prize Concert - Joshua Bell, Sakari Oramo [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10215 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Red Violin - Music From The Motion Picture / Bell, Salonen
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760863 Release Date: 03/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano
    Performer:  Alexys Schwartz,  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
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  • 23.
    At Home With Friends / Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752716 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Ravi Shankar,  Diane Warren,  Antonio Carlos Jobim  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Anoushka Shankar,  Edgar Meyer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiempo Libre
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    Martha Argerich - Live At The Verbier Festival
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078928 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Béla Bartók,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Gabriela Montero,  Renaud Capuçon,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
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  • 25.
    The Best Of Joshua Bell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001337202 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gabriel Fauré,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Olli Mustonen,  Jacques Thibaud,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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