Violinist Joshua Bell: ‘Everybody’s playing like their life depends upon it’


Violinist Joshua Bell chats with Pauline Harding about transcending the pyrotechnics of Paganini, the inspiring ethos of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and celebrations to mark the centenary of the orchestra’s founder, Neville Marriner

Joshua Bell’s facial expression seems to challenge the players of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF) as he leads them into Paganini’s First Violin Concerto. As director of the orchestra, he takes the role of conductor and soloist…

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