OCT 4 7:30 pm
Joshua Bell, violin with Sam Haywood, piano
Photo credit: Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Dave & Gunda Hiebert and Jeff & Mary Weinberg are pleased to support performing arts experiences in our community and help bring world-class artists, like Joshua Bell, to the Lied Center stage. This event is made possible through the generous support of Dean and Marjean Sparling Werries.
OCT 4 | Joshua Bell, violin
Program Joshua Bell, violin Sam Haywood, piano
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) Allegro amabile Andante tranquillo - Vivace Allegretto grazioso Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edvard Grieg (1843–1907) Lento - Allegro vivace Allegretto tranquillo Allegro animato
20-Minute Intermission Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94a . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953) Moderato Scherzo - Presto Andante Allegro con brio Additional works to be announced from the stage. Program is subject to change.
Mr. Bell appears by arrangement with Park Avenue Artists and Primo Artists. www.parkavenueartists.com | www.primoartists.com
Please see your pre- and post-performance emails for program notes.
OCT 4 | Joshua Bell, violin
Joshua Bell With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards, and he is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Fall 2018 performances include the season openings of the National Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda and the Cincinnati Symphony with Louis Langrée as well as performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, Baltimore Symphony with Cristian Măcelaru, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Stockholm Philharmonic. A highlight is the live film concert with the New York Philharmonic of the Academy Award-winning film score for The Red Violin in commemoration of the film’s 20th anniversary. In Spring 2019, Bell tours worldwide with the Academy and his North American and European recital tours with pianist Sam Haywood. Another highlight will be a first-ever tour with friends, pianist Jeremy Denk and cellist Steven Isserlis, to 10 cities in North America, including New York. He also appears with the Czech Philharmonic under Christoph Eschenbach, Israel Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda, Camerata Salzburg with Andrew Manze, Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck, the Munich Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony— including The Man with the Violin children’s film concert—and a play/conduct with the Houston Symphony. Bell’s recent recording with the Academy, featuring Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, was released in June 2018. Previous CDs include an album featuring Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Bell received a Grammy award. Convinced of the value of music as a diplomatic and educational tool, Bell participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. He is also involved in Turnaround Arts, another project implemented by the Committee and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which provides arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools. Bell has performed for three U.S. Presidents as well as the President of China, and he has devoted himself to several charitable causes—most notably Education Through Music, which put instruments in the hands of thousands of children in America’s inner cities. Perhaps the event that helped most to transform Bell’s reputation from a “musician’s musician” to a household name was his incognito performance in a Washington, D.C. subway station in 2007. Ever-adventurous, he had agreed to participate in a Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten, which thoughtfully examined art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion. Bell grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, and at age four, he received his first violin after his parents noticed him plucking tunes with rubber bands he had stretched around
OCT 4 | Joshua Bell, violin
his dresser drawer handles. By 12, he was serious about the instrument, thanks to the inspiration of Josef Gingold, his beloved teacher and mentor. Two years later, Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Carnegie Hall debut, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a notable recording contract further confirmed his presence. Bell has received many accolades. He was honored by the New York Chapter of The Recording Academy in 2013 and by the National YoungArts Foundation in 2012. He received the Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment magazine in 2011. Bell was named 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America and received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University. In 2009, he was honored by Education Through Music and received the Academy of Achievement Award in 2008. He was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 2007 and was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2003, Bell was invited to perform at the World Economic Forum for an audience of global leaders and was later recognized by that prestigious organization as a Young Global Leader. He serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors, the New York Philharmonic Board of Directors and Education Through Music. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.
Sam Haywood Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. Haywood has been hailed by the The Washington Post for his “dazzling, evocative playing” and “lyrical sensitivity” and by The New York Times for his “passionate flair and sparkling clarity.” He embraces a wide spectrum of the piano repertoire and is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician or with accompanying Lieder. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010 and often performs with cellist Steven Isserlis. He has recorded two solo albums for Hyperion Records—one featuring the piano music of Julius Isserlis (grandfather of Steven Isserlis) and the other consists of Charles Villiers Stanford’s preludes. His passion for period instruments led to a recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano, part of the Cobbe Collection. In 2013, Haywood co-founded the Solent Music Festival in the U.K. The annual Lymingtonbased festival features highly varied programs by internationally renowned artists with projects in the local community. Artists have included the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Alina Ibragimova, Mark Padmore and the Endellion Quartet. He was mentored by David Hartigan, Paul Badura-Skoda and Maria Curcio. Following his early success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded him the Julius Isserlis Scholarship. He studied both at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Music in London, of which he is an Associate (ARAM). Haywood has written a children’s opera and is regularly involved in family concerts, workshops and master classes.