2011 Paul Newman Award for Services to the Arts and Children
In 2011 Arts Horizons presented Joshua with the Paul Newman Award for Services to the Arts and Children.
Arts Horizons brings arts programming to New York City and New Jersey public schools, hospital pediatric wings, and community centers. Each year it honors strong role models who encourage and inspire children to aim high, make goals and follow their dreams through the varied avenues that young people can choose on their own paths to success.
2011 Moment Magazine Huberman Award
In 2011 Joshua received the Huberman Award from Moment Magazine during an annual symposium on the origins of human creativity which benefits their Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative supports young journalists so that they may research and write about prejudice anywhere in the world.
2010 Musical America Award Instrumentalist of the Year
In December 2009, Joshua was presented with the 2010 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year Award at the annual Musical America Awards ceremony held at Lincoln Center. Now in its third century as the indispensable resource for the performing arts, Musical America’s annual awards recognize excellence and achievement in the arts.
2010 Seton Hall University Humanitarian of the Year Award
Joshua was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Seton Hall University in 2010 during the Evening of Roses fundraising event to benefit the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Jewish-Christian Studies. This annual evening honors outstanding scholars in the field of Jewish-Christian relations and confers a Humanitarian of the Year award upon an individual who has demonstrated outstanding compassion, altruism, and courage in various endeavors.
2009 Education Through Music Award Man of the Year
In 2009, Joshua was named Man of the Year by Education Through Music. Joshua was presented the award in recognition of his dedication to sharing his love of classical music with children and in particular for inspiring many students who are part of the Education Through Music program. Education Through Music was founded to promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development.
2008 Pulitzer Prize winning Joshua Bell story by Gene Weingarten
In 2007, Joshua agreed to be part of a cultural experiment conducted by the Washington Post that examined art in context. The experiment, in which Joshua pretended to be a busker in a busy commuter station, and its resulting Washington Post cover story titled “Pearls Before Breakfast” created an international firestorm of discussion about how we appreciate art, and specifically, music. On April 7, 2008 it was announced that this provocative think-piece by Gene Weingarten was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
Read the story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html
Announcement of Pulitzer Prize Win :http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/07/pulitzers.ap/index.html
2008 Golden Plate Award
In 2008, Joshua was presented with the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement for exceptional accomplishment in the arts. The Golden Plate Award is presented annually to approximately twenty-five guests of honor at the International Achievement Summit.
Chosen by the Academy’s Awards Council and other distinguished authorities, these men and women of exceptional accomplishment in the sciences, professions, business, industry, arts, literature, sports, entertainment, and public service are acclaimed … not as winners, but as “representatives of the many who excel.”
2007 Avery Fisher Prize and 1986 Avery Fisher Artist Program Career Grant
In 2007 Joshua was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, awarded annually to solo instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music. He also received the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1986. The career grants, endowed by a gift to Lincoln Center from Avery Fisher in 1974, are intended to recognize and support instrumentalists with the potential for a solo career. Recipients are selected by a committee of musicians and administrators drawn from Lincoln Center’s arts groups. In 2007 Joshua was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize and his name on a marble plaque was installed at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.
2005 Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame
Joshua was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame along with Trisha Yearwood and Frank Sinatra for whom Quincy Jones led a special posthumous tribute to the singer. Joshua’s friend and colleague Josh Groban paid tribute to Joshua singing “Mi Mancherai” which the two recorded on Groban’s CD Closer.
The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame was established to identify and pay tribute to artists whose unique achievements embody the spirit of the world-renowned Hollywood Bowl. Drawn from the diverse arena of musical entertainment, including classical, pop, jazz, musical theatre, film composition, and dance, honorees receive their tributes each summer as part of the Bowl’s annual opening night celebration which benefits Music Matters, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s youth music education program
2004 Billboard Magazine, Classical Artist of the Year and Classical Recording of the Year
Based on album sales Joshua was recognized by this prestigious music business publication for the album sales for Romance of the Violin.
2002 Emmy(R) Award-Nomination
In 2002, Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite from Central Park received an Emmy Nomination for Best Classical Music-Dance Program. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Emmy Awards encourage excellence within the national television industry.
2001 Echo Klassik Award
In 2001, Joshua was awarded an Echo Klassik Award for his recording of the Sibelius and Goldmark Violin Concertos. The Best Concerto Recording award was presented to Joshua by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie. He performed at the Gala awards ceremony, which was held at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden.
Composer John Corigliano won an Oscar for Best Original Score for The Red Violin. In his acceptance speech, Corigliano noted the differences between the film industry and the classical music community. He then went on to thank Joshua:
“…then you have to go to the voice of the violin and say, you know, you could write all the notes you want, but if someone doesn’t play them like a god, they’ll never sound that way… and Joshua Bell, the great violinist, played them like a god. Thank you, Josh.”
2000 Grammy(R) Award
Joshua’s first recording for Sony Classical, Gershwin Fantasy, was nominated for Best Classical Crossover Album for the 41st Grammy Awards.
The following year, Joshua hooked up with longtime friend, bassist and composer Edgar Meyer and legendary bluegrass musicians Sam Bush and Mike Marshall to create Short Trip Home. The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album and the quartet performed on the 42nd Grammy Awards telecast.
Joshua could not attend the 43rd Grammy(R) Awards, but his recording of Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto won the Grammy(R) for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.
Joshua was the only classical performer on the 44th Grammy(R) Awards, where his West Side Story Suite recording was nominated for Best Classical Crossover Album and won a Grammy(R) for Best Engineered Album, Classical.
Collaborations with other Sony Classical artists produced Grammy(R) Awards for Best Spoken Word Album for Children (Wynton Marsalis’ Listen to the Storyteller), Best Classical Crossover Album (Bela Fleck’s Perpetual Motion) and Best Instrumental Arrangement (Claude Debussy’s “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from Children’s Corner on B»la Fleck’s Perpetual Motion).
The recording industry’s most prestigious award, the GRAMMY, is presented annually by the Recording Academy and is awarded by the Recording Academy’s voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences.
2000 Mercury Music Prize
The annual Mercury Music Prize aims to celebrate the best in British music. The prize is open to all types of music including pop, rock, dance, folk, jazz and contemporary classical. Josh’s recording of British composer Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto captured a Mercury Music prize for the Classical Album of the Year in 2000.
2000 Indiana Living Legend
Each year, the Indiana Historical Society recognizes a select group of Hoosiers for their significant contributions to the state and society. In 2000, Joshua received this award and became part of a group of distinguished honorees that includes Larry Bird, David Letterman, Senator Richard Lugar, Jane Pauley, Kurt Vonnegut and John Wooden.
1998 Gramophone Award
The Gramophone Awards are widely regarded as the most important and influential classical music awards in the world. Gramophone critics select nominees from a pool of more than 2,000 reviews that have appeared in the magazine throughout the year and choose the winners after a two-round balloting process. In 1998, Joshua’s recording of the Barber and Walton Violin Concertos and Bloch’s Baal Shem won the Concerto award.
1991 Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Indiana University’s highest accolade reserved solely for its alumni, this award provides recognition for outstanding achievements by the men and women of Indiana University. Awardees are outstanding in their chosen field of endeavor and made significant contributions benefiting their community, state, nation, or university. This award was bestowed on Joshua in 1991, only two years after he obtained his degree.