Considered a “poet of the violin,” Joshua Bell enchants audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, sheer beauty, and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal, and multi-faceted musical interests have been developed from age four, when his parents noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands that he had stretched around the handles of his dresser drawers. His first US tour as music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, which included the 2012 Ford Honors Program in Ann Arbor, resulted in rock concert enthusiasm from audiences. He returns now to perform a Valentine’s weekend recital.
||Violin Sonata in g minor, Op. 1, No. 10 “Devil’s Trill Sonata”
||Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96
||Divertimento, for Violin and Piano (after The Fairy’s Kiss)
Additional works to be announced from the stage.
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Joshua Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. Recently appointed as the new Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is the first person and first American to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
In 2011, Bell received the Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment Magazine. Bell was named “Instrumentalist of the Year, 2010 by Musical America and that same year received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University. In 2009 he was honored by Education Through Music and he received the Academy of Achievement Award in 2008 for exceptional accomplishment in the arts. In 2007 he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005.
This performance is Joshua Bell’s seventh under UMS auspices. Bell made his debut in October 1989 and most recently performed at UMS in April 2012, with Academy of St. Martin in the Fiels as part of the Ford Honors Program.