Bell, labeled the “greatest American violinist active today” by the Boston Herald, is an Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Grammy winner and the first Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ music director since Sir Neville Marriner in 1958. He will be accompanied by Sam Haywood, famous British pianist and director of the Solent Music Festival.
This concert will include Schubert’s Sonatina in A Minor, D. 385 (op. posth. 137, no. 2), R. Strauss’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, op. 18 and Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, op. 94 bis. Bell and Haywood will announce other pieces from the stage. This duo displays a unity hard to find and hard to cultivate in musical endeavors.
Bell will also be speaking at UCSB Geiringer Hall (Music 1250) on Wednesday, February 20 from 1–2:30 p.m.
This has been a big year so far for Bell. He completed his first tour as the new music director of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Furthermore, on February 12, Bell’s directorial debut album will be released by Sony Classics. The album contains Beethoven Symphonies 4 and 7, with Bell conducting.
Bell performed alongside Scarlett Johansson in a song titled “Before My Time“ featured in the film Chasing Ice. The piece, written by J. Ralph, has been nominated for the Oscar for best original song.
And last, but in no way least, Bell’s violin, the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius, is ready to celebrate its 300-year anniversary of issuing from Stradivarius’ hands as a complete and beautiful instrument.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or you may purchase tickets online here. Tickets may also be purchased through the Granada by calling 805/899-2222 or on its website.