Joshua Bell, in a career which began in his mid-teens, has bought his assured, stylish and confidently charismatic playing to bear on most of the violin repertoire's major pieces, as well as excursions into film soundtracks and more exploratory musical byways. His sweetly musical tone benefits from the relationship he has formed over the last decade with his beloved Gibson Stradivarius, one of the master luthiers most exquisite instruments from his Golden-era. Bell's down to earth persona recently led to an experiment in which he donned a baseball cap and busked incognito for 45 minutes on the New York subway to gauge the reaction of passers-by, only seven of whom stopped to listen. Always a popular visitor, audience attentiveness - and certainly the acoustics - should prove much better at the Barbican.
'Bell is dazzling.' Gramophone Magazine
'Few prodigies make it into musical maturity, but Bell has evolved from a technical whiz to a true artist and intellectual whose music feeds both your brain and your heart.' Newsweek
'Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today.' The Boston Herald
Joshua will be joined by American pianist, Jeremy Denk, proclaimed as one of today’s most compelling and persuasive artists. Having performed together for the first time at the Spoleto Festival in 2004, they collaborated on a recital tour which sparked off an “equal partnership, with no upstaging” that continues today. He regularly appears in recital in New York, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia and has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras, including the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New World, St. Louis, and San Francisco Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and London Philharmonia.
“Mr.Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination — both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.“ – The New York Times