Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk
February 5, 2018 7:00pm
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era recording more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and is recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Perhaps the event that most transformed his reputation from ‘musician’s musician’ to ‘household name’ was his incognito performance in a Washington, D.C. subway station in 2007 for a Washington Post article which sparked an international discussion which continues to this day and inspired the 2013 release of the children’s book The Man With The Violin.
Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell was given a violin at the age of 4 by his parents after they noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around his dresser drawer handles. By 12, he was serious about the instrument, thanks in large part to the inspiration Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor. At 14, Bell premiered as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the rest is history.
In addition to recording and touring, Joshua Bell has appeared on television shows such as The Tonight Show, Live From Lincoln Center, and the Grammy Awards. In 2011 Bell was named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, becoming the first person to hold the post since Sir Neville Marriner founded the orchestra in 1958. Bell was member of President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and in April 2016, he participated in the U.S. government’s inaugural cultural mission to Cuba. Bell has performed for three U.S. Presidents as well as the President of China and devoted himself to several charitable causes, most notably Education Through Music, which helps put instruments in the hands of thousands of children in America’s inner cities.
As the New York Times aptly stated, “Mr. Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow” and after 30 years of performing as a soloist, conductor, and recording artist, Bell continues to cast a large shadow. After an incredible season performing in venues from Germany to Japan, Joshua Bell will perform at The Lyric Theatre on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin. Do not miss this one-night-only performance.
Joshua Bell, violin
Jeremy Denk, piano
Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major (K. 454) for Violin and Piano
Largo – Allegro
Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
Allegro, ma non troppo
Improvisation: Andante Cantabile
Finale: Andante – Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Fantasie in C Major, D.934 for Violin and Piano