Joshua Bell

High profile American violinist and conductor Joshua Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana on 9 December 1967. He began playing the violin at the age of four, and at fourteen appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Riccardo Muti.

Based in New York, he plays the 1713 Gibson ex-Huberman Stradivarius and has had various new works written for him, including Nicholas Maw's Violin Concerto and John Corigliano's music for the film The Red Violin.


A selection of articles about Joshua Bell

Ensemble. Bartók Pizzicato Gun Shots - Vivaldi, Edgar Meyer and Beethoven from Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields impress Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Lyrical Warmth - Dvorák, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms from Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Ensemble. Wild and Powerful - Joshua Bell's Tchaikovsky in San Diego impresses Ron Bierman

Ensemble. Technically Perfect - Suzanne Torrey listens to and watches Joshua Bell

Ensemble. Sensuous Depths - A selection of orchestral concerts at London's Royal Festival Hall, heard by Bill Newman

CD Spotlight. Striking Musicianship - Elena Kuschnerova plays Prokofiev, heard by Howard Smith. '... sparkling, lyrical and appropriately balletic ...'

CD Spotlight. An Impressive Performance - Michael Ludwig plays music by John Corigliano, heard by Patric Standford. '... should not fail to entertain ...'

Ensemble. Meltingly Beautiful - Joshua Bell joins Vladimir Ashkenazy and the New World Symphony for music by Saint-Saëns and Mahler, reviewed by Lawrence Budmen

Record Box. Richly Moving - Jamie Walton plays Shostakovich, recommended by Alice McVeigh

CD Spotlight. A Skilful Balance - The Icicle Creek Piano Trio, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... rhythmically brisk, considered performances ...'

Ensemble. Artistry and ambience - Exhilarating music making at Tanglewood, reported by Lawrence Budmen

Music - a short story by Elizabeth Dobbs