Joshua Bell, violin Bio Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano Bio
Performing on the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius violin, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. Often referred to as the poet of the violin, Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and is the newly named Music Director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell regularly performs with various American and European orchestras, and presently records exclusively for Sony Classical, a MASTERWORKS label.
Most recently acclaimed for her portrayal as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is highly regarded for her performances with leading conductors and orchestras around the country and the world. Ms. Cooke has débuted with Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon Symphony, Jiří Bělohlávek and the Boston Symphony, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic among others. In 2010, Sasha Cooke was awarded First Place and the American Prize in the José Iturbi International Music Competition, Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner Competition, and the Kennedy Center’s Marian Anderson Award.