Joshua Bell to play Dvorak and Strauss in Sofia

Grammy-winner Joshua Bell will be a special guest of the Sofia Philharmonic for its 90th season. The acclaimed musician will perform Antonin Dvorak's Violin Concerto conducted by maestro Nayden Todorov on 1 April in Bulgaria Hall. The programme also includes the symphonic poem Don Juan by Richard Strauss and the overture Fermeture by Ivan Erod.

With a career spanning nearly three decades, Bell is among the most beloved musicians of our time. At the tender age of 14, he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Riccardo Muti, and at 17 he appeared on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Bell has played with every major world-renowned orchestra on six continents. He has collaborated with artists such as Renee Fleming, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Josh Groban, Sting and many others.

Bell has recorded over 40 CDs, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. He has been named 2007 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. He has been the music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields since 2011, when he succeeded the chamber orchestra's founder Neville Marriner.

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