Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61
Symphony No. 3 in D Minor
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and orchestra leader, Bell’s 2015 summer highlights included a South American and European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a tour to South Africa, including appearances with the Johannesburg Philharmonic and Starlight Classics, performances in New York and Shanghai with the New York Philharmonic and summer festivals including Verbier, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart and Saratoga.
Bell kicked off the Fall season 2015 performing with the Houston, St. Louis and Indianapolis Symphony orchestras, a U.S. recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood, a European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and three concerts as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert both end the year and start 2016. The new year continued with a U.S. recital tour with Sam Haywood and with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Orchestral dates celebrating the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s centennial season conducted by Marin Alsop, the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Jarvi, and the London Symphony Orchestra were also scheduled. Bell was then off to Asia for a recital tour with Alessio Bax and orchestra appearances highlighted by an appearance in Tokyo with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards in the process.
Recent releases include Bell’s holiday CD, Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends, featuring collaborations with Chris Botti, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Alison Krauss and others. Other releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, featuring sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Franck, The Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as The Red Violin Concerto, The Essential Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin, which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. Highlights of the Sony Classical film soundtracks on which Bell has performed include The Red Violin which won the Oscar for Best Original Score.
Seeking opportunities to increase violin repertoire, Bell has premiered new works by Nicholas Maw, John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, Edgar Meyer, Behzad Ranjbaran and Jay Greenberg. Bell also performs and has recorded his own cadenzas to most of the major violin concertos.
In 1989, Bell received an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Indiana University where he currently serves as a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music. His alma mater honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award, he has been named an “Indiana Living Legend” and is the recipient of the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award.
Bell has received many accolades: In 2013 he was honored by the New York Chapter, The Recording Academy; in 2012 by the National Young Arts Foundation. Bell was named “Instrumentalist of the Year 2010” by Musical America and received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University.
Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Board of Director of the New York Philharmonic and Education Through Music.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte.
In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Highlights of 2014/15 season as a conductor includes engagements in the United States with the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Throughout this season, Mr. Eschenbach appears as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, conducting a variety of programs in the Kennedy Center, including a special performance of Die Rosenkavalier with Renée Fleming in Spring 2014. He also returns to the Houston Symphony for a performance of Mahlerʼs Symphony No. 8, the “Symphony of a Thousand”. In Europe he will perform with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Dresden Staatskapelle at the occasion of the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Filarmonica della Scala in Milan and the Czech Philharmonic in Prague.
The Orchestre de Paris he led as Music Director between 2000 and 2010, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, where he was also Music Director from 1998 to 2004, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the National Spanish Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de France, the orchestra of the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome will also welcome Maestro Eschenbach this season. In December 2014 he will have the pleasure to come back to China to conduct in Beijing the NCPA orchestra.
In the Opera repertoire Mr. Eschenbach will conduct the Mozart Magic Flute and Idomeneo at the Vienna State Opera and, with Don Giovanni, he will continue the Mozart Da Ponte cycle he initiated the previous season at the Salzburg Summer Festival.
He will tour in Europe with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and take part, as every season since 1999, to the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival.
As a pianist, he continues his fruitful collaboration with baritone Matthias Goerne. The duo has recorded Schubertʼs three song cycles – Die Schöne Müllerin, Die Winterreise and Schwanengesang – for the Harmonia Mundi label, the first installment of which was released in May 2009 to critical acclaim. In 2014 and 2015, the duo will appear in recital at Symphony Center in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall, also in Europe at Baden Baden, Hamburg, Paris and Cologne.
A prolific recording artist over five decades, Christoph Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. His recordings include works ranging from Bach to music of our time and reflect his commitment to not just canonical works but the music of the late 20th and early 21st-century as well. Over the past five years, Ondine has released sixteen critically acclaimed recordings featuring Mr. Eschenbach with the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra, a number of which have received prestigious honors including BBC Magazine “Disc of the Month”, Gramophone “Editors Choice”, and the German Record Critics’ Award, among others. His recent Hindemith recording (Ondine) with the violinist Midori and the NDR Sinfonieorchester won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.
Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Mr. Eschenbach held the posts of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra from 1982 to 1986; Music Director of the Houston Symphony from 1988 to 1999; Music Director of the Ravinia Festival from 1994 to 2003; and Artistic Director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival from 1999 to 2002.
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