Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Visiting Orchestra Series
The world's greatest orchestras on tour
Joshua Bell, music director and violin
Edgar Meyer — Commissioned Work for Violin and Orchestra
Mozart — Violin Concerto No. 4
Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4, “Italian”
The Visiting Orchestra series is generously underwritten by Collier County Tourist Development Council.
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, and his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the world of classical music. 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. Bell recently renewed his contract through 2020.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. The Joshua Bell Virtual Reality video produced by Sony received a Lumiere Award. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ first release under Bell’s leadership, Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and 7, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and was followed up by the critically acclaimed Bach. In 2016, Sony released Bell’s album For the Love of Brahms with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk followed in 2017 by the Joshua Bell Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of Bell’s Sony recording highlights from the past 20 years. Soon to be released is Bell’s recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G minor Concerto.
Convinced of the value of music as a diplomatic and educational tool, Bell participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. He is also involved in Turnaround Arts, another project implemented by the committee and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which provides arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th-century French bow by François Tourte.