Joshua Bell

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Biography

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
Bach / Joshua Bell
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308779   Number of Discs: 1
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Joshua Bell: 3 Classic Albums
Release Date: 09/16/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002131702   Number of Discs: 3
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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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    Joshua Bell: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131702 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Samuel Sanders
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cleveland Orchestra
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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,  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    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:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    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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  • 12.
    The Decca Sound - Highlights [5-CD Set]
    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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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   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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  • 14.
    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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    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Verbier Festival Highlights 2008
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078178 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernö von Dohnányi  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Tamestit,  Menahem Pressler,  Salvatore Accardo,  Gautier Capuçon  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Quatuor Ebčne,  UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 22.
    X2 Joshua Bell: Bernstein - Gershwin / Williams, Zinman, Philharmonia, Lso
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 750529 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Courage,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John T. Williams
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Amparo - Grusin, Vaughan-williams, Ravel, Jobim / Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1077323 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dave Grusin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Thomas Ford  ... 
    Performer:  Dave Grusin,  Lee Ritenour,  Joshua Bell,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Zimmer: Angels & Demons / Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752096 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Zimmer
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Nick Glennie-Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Chorus,  Electronics,  Studio Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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