Joshua Bell, violin. Frederic Chiu, piano.
February 25, 8 p.m., Maison symphonique de Montréal.
Joshua Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1967. He was handed his first violin at the age of four and would commence university studies eight years later, under the tutelage of Russian grandmaster Josef Gingold. At 17, he made his debut in legendary New York concert venue Carnegie Hall. Since then, this “poet of the violin” has performed in the most celebrated venues on the classical scene, as well as interpreting the works of music’s greatest composers on some forty releases, winning the Mercury Prize, a Grammy, a Gramophone Award and the Echo Klassik Award.
He has worked with an array of elite artists including Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, Chris Botti, and Chick Corea. Recently named musical director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the famed English chamber orchestra, he honours us this year by accepting the honorary co-presidency of the festival. For our 15th anniversary, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE heralds the return of this virtuoso, who soared in the closing concert of our very first edition with his rendering of the soundtrack to The Red Violin.
The artist has prepared a stunning concert devoted to the music of Tartini, Beethoven and Stravinsky, accompanied by renowned pianist Frederic Chiu.