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Joshua Bell

Internationally known violinist Joshua Bell has performed with all the major orchestras and is proficient in the works of Beethoven, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, and Wieniawski. He is known for both his contemporary and classical repertoire. Joshua Bell was born in Indiana in 1967 and acquired an interest in playing the violin at an early age. By the age of 14 he had made his professional debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied under violinist Josef Gingold. After his debut performance, his career took off. Although only a child when he first performed, his appearance was that of a serious, aspiring musician. In 1981, he won the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors competition. From there he earned appearances with several orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Franz Welser-Most, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Herbert Blomstedt.

During the '90s Joshua Bell signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical. He recorded the works of George Gershwin with composer John Williams. On the album Listen to the Storyteller, he performs a violin solo in a work by Wynton Marsalis. His concert work, Chaconne, was written for him by composer John Corigliano, based on Corigliano's music for the film The Red Violin. Bell's musical interests lie both with classical composers and living composers. In 1993, he performed a violin concerto by British composer Nicholas Maw and more recently a work titled Air by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Short Trip Home followed in 1999.

Most of Bell's time is devoted to concerts and recitals. During a season, he performs more than 100 concerts worldwide. He has played with the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, Orchestre National de France, the Danish Radio Orchestra, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Because of his flexibility in playing both classical and contemporary music, Bell has made quite a name for himself as a violinist. For two months in 1997, he performed with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a tour beginning at Carnegie Hall. The tour consisted of chamber music and concertos. In his love for chamber music he organized an annual winter music festival in London. Performers have included Yefim Bronfman, Steven Isserlis, and the Orion String Quartet.

One of Bell's most praised accomplishments is his cadenzas for violin concertos. He has written cadenzas for Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart. Joshua Bell remains a prolific violinist. He has appeared on television, on soundtracks, in recital, and, as of 2011, as music director of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields orchestra. Bell, with a violin named "Gibson ex Huberman," has become a household name among classical musicians and devotees. ~ Kim Summers, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: At Home With Friends

Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Porgy And Bess, Opera
Composer: John Dowland
Title: Come Again, Instrumental Music
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Oblivion, Tango
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Film Score (Aka Cinama Paradiso)
Composer: Traditional
Title: Para Ti
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Title: My Funny Valentine, Song (from "Babes In Arms")
Composer: Edgar Meyer
Title: Maybe So
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 45
Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov
Title: Georgian Song ("Do Not Sing, My Beauty"), For Voice & Piano, Op. 4/4
Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Title: Chovendo Na Roseira (Rain In The Rose Garden), For Choro Ensemble
Composer: Diane Warren
Title: Look Away
Composer: Ravi Shankar (Western Classical)
Title: Variant Moods, For Violin & Sitar
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Title: Manhattan, Song (used In Film "Two Tickets To Broadway")
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Track List: The Essential Joshua Bell

Disc 1
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: The Swan Lake, Ballet, Op. 20
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Nocturne For Piano In C Sharp Minor (doubtful), KK Anh.Ia/6
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Composer: Karl Goldmark
Title: Violin Concerto No. 1 In A Minor, Op. 28
Composer: Jascha Heifetz
Title: Beau Soir, Arrangement For Violin & Piano (after Debussy)
Composer: Pablo de Sarasate
Title: Introduction And Tarantella, For Violin & Orchestra, Op. 43
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Song Without Words For Piano No. 30 In A Major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: éLégie: O Doux Printemps D'autrefois, For Voice & Piano (From "Mélodies, Vol.1")
Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Title: Variations On "O Mamma, Mamma Cara" From "Carnival Of Venice" For Violin & Orchestra In A Major, Op. 10, MS 59
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Après Un Rêve ("Dans Un Sommeil"), Song For Voice & Piano, Op. 7/1
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 61
Disc 2
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Preludes (3) For Piano
Title: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Song (from A Damsel In Distress, Film)
Title: I Got Rhythm, Song (From Girl Crazy, 1930)
Composer: Nigel Hess
Title: Ladies In Lavender, Film Score
Composer: John Corigliano
Title: The Red Violin, Film Score
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Title: Make Our Garden Grow, Song for Voice & Orchestra Or Piano (from "Candide")
Composer: William David Brohn
Title: West Side Story Suite, For Violin & Orchestra (after Bernstein)
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Title: New York, New York, Song For Voice & Piano (from "On The Town")
Composer: Nigel Hess
Title: Ladies In Lavender, Film Score
Composer: Edgar Meyer
Title: Short Trip Home, For Violin, Double Bass, Mandolin & Guitar
Title: BT, For Violin, Mandolin, Mandola & Double Bass
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Etude For Piano No. 4 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Our Love Is Here To Stay, Song (from The Goldwyn Follies, Film)
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Track List: The Joshua Bell Collection

Disc 1
Title: Preludes (3) For Piano
Title: I Got Rhythm, Song (From Girl Crazy, 1930)
Title: Embraceable You, Song (from Girl Crazy, Musical)
Title: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Song (from A Damsel In Distress, Film)
Title: Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away), Song (from Show Girl, Musical)
Title: But Not For Me, Song (from Girl Crazy, Musical)
Title: Sweet And Low-Down, Song (from Tip-Toes, Musical)
Title: Love Is Here To Stay, Song (from The Goldwyn Follies, Film)
Disc 2
Composer: William David Brohn
Title: West Side Story Suite, For Violin & Orchestra (after Bernstein)
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Title: On The Town, Musical
Title: Make Our Garden Grow, Song for Voice & Orchestra Or Piano (from "Candide")
Title: Serenade (After Plato: Symposium), For Violin, Harp, Percussion & Strings; Also For Violin & Piano
Title: On The Town, Musical
Disc 3
Composer: John Corigliano
Title: The Red Violin, Film Score
Title: The Red Violin, Chaconne For Violin & Orchestra
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Track List: Romance of the Violin

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Préludes (12) For Piano, Book I, L. 117
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Nocturne For Piano In C Sharp Minor, Kk Anh.ia/6
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Carnival Of The Animals, Zoological Fantasy For 2 Pianos & Ensemble
Composer: Franz Schubert
Title: Schwanengesang (Swan Song), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, D. 957
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Title: Norma, Opera
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Piano Concerto No. 21 In C Major ("Elvira Madigan") K. 467
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Title: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Melody), Arrangement (From "Orfeo Ed Euridice")
Composer: Alexander Borodin
Title: String Quartet No. 2 In D Major
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Gypsy Melodies (7) (Zigeunermelodien) For Voice & Piano, B. 104 (Op. 55)
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Title: L'incoronazione Di Poppea, Opera In 3 Acts, Sv 308
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: éLégie: O Doux Printemps D'autrefois, For Voice & Piano (From "Mélodies, Vol.1")
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Kinderszenen (Scenes From Childhood) For Piano, Op. 15
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Track List: Joshua Bell. Kreisler, Brahms, Paganini, Sarasate, Wieniawski.

Disc 1
Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Title: Variations On An Original Theme, For Violin & Piano, Op. 15
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Title: Pieces (4) For Violin & Piano, Op. 78
Title: Pieces (5) For Violin & Piano, Op. 81
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Hungarian Dance For Piano, 4 Hands, In G Minor, Woo 1/1
Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Title: Cantabile, For Violin & Piano (Or Guitar) In D Major, (Ms 109)
Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Title: Scherzo-tarantelle, For Violin & Piano In G Minor, Op. 16
Composer: Ernest Bloch
Title: Baal Shem: 3 Pictures Of Hassidic Life, For Violin & Piano (or Orchestra)
Composer: Ottokar Novacek
Title: Perpetuum Mobile, Conzert Caprice For Violin & Orchestra, Op. 5/4
Composer: Robert Schumann
Title: Waldszenen No. 7 ("Vogel Als Prophet"), For Piano, Op. 82/7
Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Title: Danse Espagnole For Violin & Piano (transcription From Falla's La Vida Breve)
Composer: Edwin Grasse
Title: Waves At Play (Wellenspiel), For Violin & Piano
Composer: Pablo de Sarasate
Title: Concert Fantasy On Themes From Bizet's "Carmen," For Violin & Orchestra (Or Piano), Op 25
Disc 2
Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Title: Praeludium And Allegro In The Style Of Pugnani, For Violin & Piano
Title: Schön Rosmarin, For Violin & Piano
Title: Tambourin Chinois, For Violin & Piano, Op. 3
Title: Caprice Viennois, For Violin & Piano/orchestra, Op. 2
Title: La Précieuse In The Style Of Louis Couperin, For Violin & Piano
Title: Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" For Violin & Piano
Title: Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" For Violin & Piano
Title: La Gitana For Violin & Piano (after An 18th Century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy Song)
Title: Berceuse Romantique, For Violin & Piano, Op. 9
Title: Polichinelle, For Violin & Piano
Title: Rondino On A Theme By Beethoven, For Violin & Piano
Title: Tempo Di Menuetto In The Style Of Pugnani, For Violin & Piano
Title: March Of The Toy Soldiers
Title: Allegretto In The Style Of Boccherini, For Violin & Piano
Title: Marche Miniature Viennoise, For Violin & Piano
Title: Aucassin Et Nicolette, For Violin & Piano
Title: Minuet In The Style Of Nicola Porpora, For Violin & Piano
Title: Sicilienne And Rigaudon In The Style Of Francoeur, For Violin & Piano
Title: Syncopation, For Violin & Piano
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Track List: Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3; Chausson: Poème

Disc 1
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Violin Concerto No. 3 In B Minor, Op. 61
Composer: Edouard Lalo
Title: Symphonie Espagnole, For Violin And Orchestra In D Minor, Op. 21
Disc 2
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso, For Violin & Orchestra In A Minor, Op. 28
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Méditation, For Violin & Orchestra (Or Other Arrangement) (From Opera "Thaïs")
Composer: Pablo de Sarasate
Title: Zigeunerweisen, For Violin & Piano (Or Orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
Composer: Ernest Chausson
Title: Poème, For Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25
Composer: Eugene Ysaÿe
Title: Caprice D'après L'etude En Forme De Valse De Camille Saint-Saëns, For Violin & Orchestra (or Piano), Op. 52
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Tzigane, Rhapsodie De Concert, For Violin & Piano (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: The Romantic Violin

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Hungarian Dance For Piano, 4 Hands, In G Minor, Woo 1/1
Composer: Max Bruch
Title: Violin Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op. 26
Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Title: Cantabile, For Violin & Piano (Or Guitar) In D Major, (Ms 109)
Composer: Samuel Barber
Title: Violin Concerto, Op. 14
Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Title: Schön Rosmarin, For Violin & Piano
Title: Tambourin Chinois, For Violin & Piano, Op. 3
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 77
Composer: César Franck
Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano In A Major, M. 8
Composer: Henryk Wieniawski
Title: Violin Concerto No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 22
Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Title: Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" For Violin & Piano
Title: Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" For Violin & Piano
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Méditation, For Violin & Orchestra (Or Other Arrangement) (From Opera "Thaïs")
Composer: Edouard Lalo
Title: Symphonie Espagnole, For Violin And Orchestra In D Minor, Op. 21
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Track List: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Title: "Spring" From The Four Seasons, Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo In E Major ("La Primavera"), Op.8/1, Rv 269
Title: "Summer" From The Four Seasons, Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo In G Minor ("L'estate"), Op. 8/2, Rv 315
Title: "Autumn" From The Four Seasons, Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo In F Major ("L'autunno"), Op.8/3, Rv 293
Title: "Winter" From The Four Seasons, Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo In F Minor ("L'inverno"), Op. 8/4, Rv 297
Composer: Giuseppe Tartini
Title: Sonata For Violin & Continuo In G Minor, B. G5 ("The Devil's Trill")

Comments

I also own "Ladies in Lavender" soundtrack. Beautiful story.
Met him twice: 1st time @ Indiana University; 2nd time in the home of a friend in the Berkshires with his friend Stephen Iserliss, the cellist. They both bring me to tears.....
jcgjud2
Joan Hamlin, what an incredible encounter you experienced with Joshua Bell; thanks for sharing: I LOVE violin music, and so admire those of you who have the gift, the
Dedication for us less focused to sit back and thrill to your talent; it makes this fast paced world so much more enjoyable!!! ! !
Movie
Want to hear the album entitled Ladies in Lavender
I heard him first at the Kennedy Performing Arts center in D.C. when he played Tschikovky's Violin concerto. it was incredible. The next morning we were checking out of our hotel, the Watergate, when I saw him waiting for his car. We introduced ourselves, and when my husband told him that I played the violin and asked if he would pose for a photo, he obliged us. I saw him the next week in San Francisco!

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