Bell set to kick off collaboration with St. Martin in the Fields

Posted on: April 10, 2012

In Tuesday’s (4/10) Wall Street Journal, David Mermelstein writes, “Many adjectives accurately describe the American violinist Joshua Bell, but ‘ubiquitous’ works best of all. He seems no sooner to leave a place than to return there with a new program. Since the beginning of 2011, for example, he has performed in the Los Angeles area five times, and he will appear here again later this month, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and also in July, at the Hollywood Bowl. … ‘I probably do too much,’ Mr. Bell acknowledged over lunch last month, the Pacific Ocean serving as a picturesque backdrop. ‘I want to do everything. That’s my problem. Life is short, and I hate the idea of turning down anything.’ … On April 11, at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, he begins a 15-city U.S. tour with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, a chamber orchestra based in London whose music directorship he assumed last September. He will lead the ensemble from the violin in three different programs, on which he’ll also serve as soloist in concertos by Beethoven and Bruch. … Soon even those unable to hear the Academy and Mr. Bell on tour can assess their collaboration. The orchestra and its new music director will be recording Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies for Sony in May.”

Posted April 10, 2012