Joshua Bell
American violinist
Joshua Bell
Joshua David Bell is an American Grammy Award-winning violinist.
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1690 'Auer' Stradivarius Returns to Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, with Vadim Gluzman and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Huffington Post - 24 days
By Christopher Johnson, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 27, 2017 Vadim Gluzman, the Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist whose recent gig with the Chicago Symphony won rave reviews, joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for its next concert at Carnegie Hall, on February 4. The program features two headline events: the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto--a first for Orpheus--played on the instrument it was written for, and the New York première of a new piece by Michael Hersch, one of our most compelling younger composers, who is having a banner year. Gluzman will use the 1690 Stradivarius once owned by Leopold Auer, the Russian titan whose playing inspired Tchaikovsky in the first place. Unfortunately, Tchaikovsky was so inspired that he wrote at white heat and published the piece with a dedication to Auer, without waiting for Auer's permission. Auer, miffed at having his name attached to a piece that he felt was almost unplayable, refused to touch it for the next fifteen years, never ...
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Mother of Man Fatally Shot by Chicago Police Speaks Out
abc News - 3 months
Joshua Beal was in town to attend a funeral when he was killed, his mother said.
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Authorities investigate chaotic fatal police shooting in Mount Greenwood
Chicago Times - 4 months
A day after a police-involved shooting left a 25-year-old man dead, authorities Sunday worked to untangle how a chaotic scene on Chicago's Far Southwest Side erupted in fatal gunfire. Joshua Beal, of Indianapolis, was visiting Chicago with his fiancee Saturday to serve as a pallbearer in his cousin's...
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What Mount Greenwood's Reaction To Joshua Beal's Death Says About White Chicago
Huffington Post - 4 months
Joshua Beal, who was in Chicago for a funeral, was killed Saturday by a Chicago police sergeant. The reason an off-duty police officer felt the need to start waving his gun around and pointing it at a lot of different people is baffling. To see the video, click here. I, however, don’t want to focus on the killing itself ― I want to focus on the reaction of white people. Specifically in Mount Greenwood, where the incident occurred. Last night, hours after his death, while people gathered to support Josh’s family, some residents of Mount Greenwood came out of their homes with Blue Lives Matter flags to apparently show that Black people are not welcome in Mount Greenwood. Instead of letting people grieve the loss of a life, these white residents thought it appropriate to call them names and tell them to leave “their” neighborhood. To see this video click here. It would be easy to write that group of flag-waving people off as not representative of the Mount Greenwood neighborhood ...
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Joshua Bell kicks off three-night run with Dudamel and the L.A. Phil
LATimes - 4 months
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic came loaded with an all-German program at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night that had a train of thought.  They started out with some brazen modernisms from this century, doubled back to the well-worn, comfortable affirmations of Johannes...
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Joshua Bell on the death of Neville Marriner and picking up the baton from a legend
LATimes - 4 months
In town this week for four dates with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, violinist Joshua Bell had been up since 5 a.m. when we spoke in his suite at a West Hollywood hotel. He had flown to L.A. and then appeared on “The Tavis Smiley Show.” He has a new...
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Joshua Bell & Jeremy Denk: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - 5 months
Two A-list classical artists work up a sweat as they revel in the tender and turbulent music of Brahms and Schumann.
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Northern Exposure -- A Captivating Arts and Cultural Season This Fall in Canada
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Caitlin Leonard, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, September 12, 2016 As we are preparing for an exciting fall season here in New York, our "neighbors to the north" are already engaged in what appears to be an equally intriguing array of not-to-be-missed events and performances this season as well. Some of the highlights below are sure to pique your interest and will have you booking your trip tout de suite -- bon voyage! Banff, Alberta: A very exciting yearly event is the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, from October 26th to November 6th, located in the mountainous town of Banff, Alberta. Drawing a yearly outdoor enthusiast crowd, the festival takes place over a span of nine days, and includes screenings of some of the best adventure films from around the world over the past year. Awards are given, and fan favorites chosen, and the tales are always almost as extremely exciting as the wild ski, snowboarding, and climbing shots that these expert filmmakers are able to cap ...
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Review: The Philharmonic Hails Sibelius, and Offers Joshua Bell on a Mendelssohn
NYTimes - about 1 year
At David Geffen Hall, Mr. Bell delivered a fine Violin Concerto in E minor, but the program’s primary strengths were Sibelius works, especially the Fourth Symphony.
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There's A Virtuoso At The White House And The Work She's Doing Is Fascinating
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Sophia is a project to collect life lessons from interesting people. Subscribe to get our updates directly via Facebook or email, or share your own wisdom. A decade ago, Glamour magazine declared Maya Shankar one of the country's 10 most impressive women in college. Asked at the time to name her dream job, Shankar said, "Science adviser to the President." You can guess how this story ends. How it begins is more unexpected. The daughter of Indian immigrants, Shankar was a gifted young violinist, accepted by the Juilliard School of Music at age 9 and later selected for private instruction by violin master Itzhak Perlman. In her early teens, she was performing internationally and playing concertos on NPR; a promising musical career stretched ahead. Stunningly, by age 15, it was over. While practicing a challenging piece, "I heard something pop, and it was painful," she recalled. "And that was it." She continued training for over a year despite a severe hand injury. Eventuall ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joshua Bell
  • 2014
    Age 46
    In 2014 and 2015, Bell played as himself in two episodes of Mozart in the Jungle; the pilot episode and Touché Maestro, Touché.
    More Details Hide Details In 2016, Joshua played a cameo role on the penultimate musical episode of Royal Pains. In an experiment initiated by The Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, Bell donned a baseball cap and played as an incognito busker at the Metro subway station L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2007. The experiment was videotaped on hidden camera; of the 1,097 people who passed by, only seven stopped to listen to him, and only one recognized him. For his nearly 45-minute performance, Bell collected $32.17 from 27 passersby (excluding $20 from the passerby who recognized him). Three days before, he earned considerably more playing the same repertoire at a concert. Weingarten won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his article on the experiment. The Washington Post posted the video on YouTube and a feature-length documentary, Find Your Way: A Busker's Documentary, chronicled Bell's experience.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    In 2013, Bell performed the song "Before My Time", alongside Scarlett Johansson.
    More Details Hide Details Written by J. Ralph for the documentary Chasing Ice, the song received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
  • 2011
    Age 43
    On May 26, 2011, Bell was named Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    Bell collaborated with film composer Hans Zimmer by providing violin solos for the soundtrack of the 2009 film Angels & Demons, based on Dan Brown's 2000 novel of the same name.
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  • 2007
    Age 39
    On May 3, 2007, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced that Bell had joined the faculty as a senior lecturer.
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    Bell was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize on April 10, 2007, at Lincoln Center in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details The prize is given once every few years to classical instrumentalists for outstanding achievement.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    Bell's first recording made with the Gibson ex Huberman was Romance of the Violin (for Sony Classical Records) in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Bell is an artistic partner for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (starting in the 2004–2005 season) and a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also serves on the artists selection committee for the Kennedy Center Honors and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    Nicholas Maw's violin concerto is dedicated to Bell, who premiered it in 1993 and won a Grammy Award for his recording of the piece.
    More Details Hide Details He performed the solo part on John Corigliano's Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film The Red Violin and was also featured in Ladies in Lavender. Bell made an appearance in the movie Music of the Heart, a story about the power of music, with other notable violinists. Bell's instrument is a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin called the Gibson ex Huberman, which was made in 1713 during what is known as Antonio Stradivari's "Golden Era." This violin had been stolen twice from the previous owner, Bronisław Huberman; the last time the thief confessed to the act on his deathbed. Bell had held and played the violin, and its owner at the time, violinist Norbert Brainin, jokingly told Bell that the violin could be his for four million dollars. Shortly thereafter, by chance, Bell came across the violin again and discovered it was about to be sold to a German industrialist to become part of a collection. According to Bell's website, Bell "was practically in tears." Bell then sold his previous violin, the Tom Taylor Stradivarius, for a little more than two million dollars and made the purchase of the Gibson ex Huberman for a little under the four million dollar asking price. As with his previous Stradivarius violin, Bell entrusts the upkeep of the Gibson ex Huberman to expert luthier Emmanuel Gradoux-Matt. The story of the theft, return, and subsequent acquisition by Bell is told in the 2013 documentary The Return of the Violin, directed by Haim Hecht.
  • 1985
    Age 17
    Bell made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, at age 17, with the St. Louis Symphony.
    More Details Hide Details He has since performed with many of the world's major orchestras and conductors. As well as the standard concerto repertoire, Bell has performed new works.
  • 1967
    Born on December 9, 1967.
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