Joshua Bell’s restless curiosity, passion, multi-faceted musical interests, and exquisite talent have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” One of the most celebrated violinists of our time, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs and is a recipient of the elite Avery Fisher Prize, accorded to only a select few instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music. Ironically, one event that helped establish Bell as a household name was his incognito performance in a Washington, DC subway station in 2007, as part of a Washington Post story examining art and context. The resulting Pulitzer Prize-winning story sparked international discussion which continues to this day and inspired the children’s book The Man with the Violin. His temporary anonymity during that experiment is the exception, however, for as The Strad wrote, “Joshua Bell will be the one remembered in 50 years’ time.”
Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his “dazzling, evocative playing” and “lyrical sensitivity” and The New York Times his “passionate flair and sparkling clarity.” Embracing a wide spectrum of piano repertoire, Haywood performs as a soloist, chamber musician, or with accompanying Lieder. He has had a regular duo partnership with Joshua Bell since 2010.
Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat major, K.454
Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
Schubert: Fantasie in C major, D. 934
Additional selections to be announced from the stage
Program subject to change
This performance will run approximately one hour and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission.