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Joshua Bell

Media Release Monday 6 January 2014

‘Poet of the Violin’ Joshua Bell plays first concert of the new year as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 13/14

Grammy-winning virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell makes a welcome return to the National Concert Hall on the 21st of January 2014 to perform with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The programme for the first concert of the New Year as part of the National Concert Hall’s International Concert Series 13/14 features Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004*, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in C major and Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77.

Recently appointed 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. Their first recording under Bell's leadership is of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th Symphonies on the Sony Classical label and it debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Classical chart, February 2013.

Bell has more recently released Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends  featuring collaborations with a range of well-known artists from Gloria Estefan, Alison Krauss, to Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Botti, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis and more.  On 26 November last medici.tv streamed an exclusive concert live from Bell’s New York City apartment where he was joined by musical superstars and friends, including Renée Fleming, Michael Feinstein and Frankie Moreno, where they performed holidays season favourites, many of which feature on his album Musical Gifts from  Sony Masterworks.

As a recording artist Bell has more than 40 CDs to his name, many encompassing critically-acclaimed performances of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.  Romance of the Violin was named 2004 Classical CD of the Year by Billboard, and earned Bell the Classical Artist of the Year title. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell also received the New York Recording Academy Honours in June, 2013 and can boast Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.

Bell’s virtuosity, stunning tone and captivating stage presence have earned him universal acclaim over the term of his nearly 30-year career. This season included a South American recital tour with pianist Alessio Bax as well as guesting with the Houston, Dallas and St. Louis symphonies, and appearing at Carnegie Hall’s season opening gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which his Dublin concert is one, continues in 2014 with him directing Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th Symphonies with the orchestra. He will also perform the Brahms concerto with the legendary Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Paavo Järvi, and the Sibelius with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  A U.S. recital tour with Sam Haywood, a performance at the Kennedy Centre with the National Symphony Orchestra and dates with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, bring his 2013/2014season to a close. 

This concert is part of the National Concert Hall’s Great Artist Series 13/14. Other artists to feature as part of this series include baritone Thomas Hampson with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta on 29th of January and the Danish String Quartet on the 22nd of April 2014.

Bach                      Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004*
Beethoven         Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 21
Brahms                 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

*please note there has been a change to the previously advertised programme. Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D minor BWV 1043 is now being replaced with Bach's Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004.

Tickets: €45, €55, €65, €70 (Choir Balcony €30)
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie

For further information or images please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057 / 087 1775334