The most-recorded ensemble in classical music, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields made its Mondavi Center debut with violinist Joshua Bell in 2002. Founded in London in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner and 10 other musicians, the orchestra spearheaded the Baroque revival of the 1960s and has won many prestigious awards, including two Oscars, numerous Grammys, and several gold recordings.
Since coming to the public’s attention at the age of 14, violinist Joshua Bell has made a seamless transition from prodigy to major talent. Now in his mid-30s, Bell is among the most respected classical and chamber musicians in the world, as well as one of the “Sexiest Men in America” according to People Magazine. The Grammy-winning musician, known for his stellar recordings and his performance in the film The Red Violin, is also a sought-after recitalist, as that intimate format is the perfect setting for Bell’s direct, personal interpretations.