Friday, 11 August 2017

Joshua Bell renews his contract with Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a further three years

Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Violinist Joshua Bell has been the Academy of St Martin in the Field's (ASMF) music director since 2011, only the second person to hold the title (succeeding Sir Neville Marriner). ASMF has recently announced that Bell has extended his contract for a further three years. Bell has a long relationship with the orchestra, first playing with them under Marriner in 1998 when Bell was just 21 and their first collaboration was an album of Bruch and Mendelssohn violin concertos - Joshua Bell’s first concerto disc.  Bell's tour to Australia with ASMF in 2017 (his first visit to the sub-continent) won in two categories at the 2017 Helpmann Awards.

Bell is artist residence at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival and his performances include a concert with ASMF. Further ahead they will be appearing together at Wigmore Hall and in January 2018, Bell and ASMF give the UK premiere of Edgar Meyer's Overture for Violin and Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, alongside Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, a programme which tours to Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Friedrichshafen in Germany, finishing at Bristol's Colston Hall when it will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Full details and further concert dates from ASMF website.

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