Personalities | Joshua Bell | Contemporary | Classical
American violist and conductor
Bell took up the violin at the age of four, and at 14 made his concerto debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. A regular chamber musician (working with Isserlis and Kissin, among others), he has recorded concerto repertory as well as film soundtracks, including the Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin (1999). In 2011 he was appointed music director of the London-based Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which he has both directed from the violin and conducted.
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