Timeline

1967:
• Born in Bloomington, Indiana, December 9

1972:
• First violin lesson with Donna Bricht, age 4

1975:
• First orchestral performance, Bloomington Symphony, age 7

1976:
• Violin lessons with Mimi Zweig at the Young Strings Program, Indiana University

1979:
• (continuing into 1980) Studies with Ivan Galamian at Meadowmount School for Strings (summer) age 11, 12 and also attends Meadowmount in 198 1. Joshua also studies chamber music with Josef Gingold at Meadowmount in 1980

1980:
• First major recital at Indiana University’s Recital Hall. Professor Josef Gingold is in attendance, age 12
• Josef Gingold becomes teacher and mentor to Joshua at Indiana University, age 12

1981:
• Grand Prize Winner, American String Teachers Association
• 1st Place, Julius Stulberg String Auditions

1982:
• Debut, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Harvey Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, age 14
• Grand Prize Winner, The General Motors/Seventeen Magazine competition. Joshua is the youngest participant, age 14
• Attends Indiana University as a special student of Josef Gingold while attending Bloomington High School North, age 14
• Debut with Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Ricardo Muti, Mozart Concerto No. 3 in G Major, age 14
• Attends Henryk Szeryng master class in Switzerland, age 14
• Guest appearance on The Today Show with Gene Shalit

1983:
• Debut, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard, Hayden Concerto, age 15
• (continuing into 1984) Studies with Dorothy Delay at Aspen Music Festival
• Signs with Hamlen - Landau Management, which becomes IMG Artists

1985:
• Participates in The Marlboro Music Festival (and also again in 1985), age 17
• Debut at Carnegie Hall with the St. Louis Symphony, Bruch Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, conducted by Leonard Slatkin; followed by his first three week European tour, Bruch Concerto and Lalo Symphonie Espanol, age 17
• Participates in The Spoletto Festival chamber music series

1986:
• Recipient of the 1985 Avery Fisher Career Grant, age 18
• Signs with London Decca Records, age 18
• Featured in the Michael Tobias documentary "The Gift” which airs on PBS; an additional segment featuring Joshua airs on PBS’ The McNeil Lehrer Report.

1987:
• Joshua purchases the 1718 Chanot-Chardon guitar shaped Stradivarius violin, age 19
• Debut with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, conducted by Antal Dorati, age 19
• At the invitation of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua performs and is a panelist at the first American Violin Congress at the University of Maryland
• VH1 airs music video Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1

1989:
• Debut appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, age 21
• Recipient, Artist Diploma, Violin Performance, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music

1991:
• Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Indiana University, age 23

1993:
• Joshua purchases the 1732 Tom Taylor Stradivarius violin, having had it on loan for two years from the Stradivari Society, age 24
• World Premiere, “Nicholas Maw Violin Concerto” with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
• Joshua appears in his first Live From Lincoln Center TV special Mostly Mozart and Mendelssohn, Too. Additional specials follow including:
• Joshua Bell at the Penthouse, 2004
• The New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve Gala with Joshua Bell, 2007
• The Mostly Mozart Festival, 2009
• Joshua Bell With Friends @ The Penthouse, 2009

1994:
• BBC’s Omnibus documentary “Joshua Bell” airs in UK and broadcast in U.S. on Bravo in 1996. Film produced by Mischa Scorer who receives the CableAce Award in 1997. Joshua is 26 during production.

1996:
• Signs with Sony Classical, a Masterworks label, age 28
• World Premiere of "Air" by Aaron Jay Kernis, commissioned by Bell, performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, Minneapolis

1997:
• Joshua initiates an annual series of chamber music concerts at Wigmore Hall, London
1998:
• Recipient, Gramophone Concerto Award for recording of The Barber and Walton Violin Concertos and Bloch’s Baal Shem Suite”
• Joshua is Adjunct Professor, teaching a series of master classes at the Royal Academy of Music, London

2000:
• Named “Indiana Living Legend” by Indiana Historical Society, joining a group of distinguished honorees including Larry Bird, David Letterman, Senator Richard Lugar, Jane Pauley, Kurt Vonnegut and John Wooden
• Recipient, Mercury Music Prize, Classical Album of the Year (Great Britain) for the recording of British composer Nicholas Maw's “Violin Concerto”
• Joshua performs “Short Trip Home” on the Grammy Awards telecast
• Oscar for best original soundtrack awarded to John Corigliano, composer of “The Red Violin,” who accepts by saying: “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."

2001:
• Recipient, Echo Klassik Award (Germany) “The Sibelius and Goldmark Violin Concertos”
• PBS Great Performances—Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite from Central Park
• Recipient, 2000Grammy Award, “Maw Violin Concerto,” Best Performance with Orchestra
• Joshua purchases 1713 “Gibson Ex Huberman” Stradivarius violin, age 34

2002:
• Joshua performs selections from “West Side Story Suite” on the Grammy Awards telecast.
• Joshua co-hosts “Leonard Bernstein’s Young Peoples Concert Series” on Trio Cable Network with Whoopi Goldberg and John Lithgow.
• Joshua begins three-year role as adjunct professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, helping to develop a new line of musical instruments and toys, age 35
2003:
• World Premiere of Behzad Ranjibaran’s “Violin Concerto” with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz
• Recipient, Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, age 36

2004:
• Named “Classical Artist of the Year” by Billboard Magazine, age 37
• “Romance of the Violin” named “Classical CD of the Year” by Billboard Magazine
• Three Year Artistic Partnership commences with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

2005:
• Inductee, Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, age 37

2006:
• World Premiere of John Corigliano’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: The Red Violin,” The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, age 38

2007:
• Named “Young Global Leader” by World Economic Forum, age 39
• Recipient, Avery Fisher Prize
• World Premiere, Jay Greenberg’s “Violin Concerto” with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Carnegie Hall
• World Premiere, Edgar Meyer’s “Concert Piece for Violin and Piano”, with Jeremy Denk, Clearwater, Florida
• Director/violin soloist, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields U.S. tour
• Joshua participates in a Washington Post social experiment about art and context causing an international firestorm of discussion. The article by Gene Weingarten, receives a Pulitzer Prize the following year.

2008:
• Recipient, The Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement for exceptional accomplishment in the arts, age 40
• Joins faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as Senior Lecturer
• “Poet of the Strings” Joshua Bell documentary airs in Europe

2009:
• Named “Man of the Year” by Education Through Music, age 41
• Named, “2010 Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America
• Performs for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at Ford’s Theatre and later that year is invited to perform for the Obamas at The White House

2010:
• Recipient, “Humanitarian of the Year” Award from Seton Hall University, age 42
• Named to the Board of Directors, The New York Philharmonic
• Performs at Nobel Prize concert. Performance to be DVD release in 2011.

2011:
• Named Music Director, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields for 3 year term, age 43
• Recipient, “Paul Newman Award For Services to the Arts and Children” from Arts Horizons
• Recipient, Moment Magazine Huberman Award