One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Joshua Bell has more than 40 CDs to his credit receiving Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Now in his third season as Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Recordings with the Academy under Bell’s leadership include The Beethoven 4th and 7th symphonies released in 2013 and an album of Bach released in September 2014.
Additional releases include Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends, French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home With Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, The Red Violin Concerto, 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. His discography encompasses critically-acclaimed performances of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.
Bell’s career spans over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor while being an outspoken advocate for classical music and keeping music education in schools.