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Celebrity Series of Boston Presents 
Longtime Musical Partners Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, and Jeremy Denk

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 5pm — Symphony Hall 

Joshua Bell high-res photo | Jeremy Denk high-res photo | Steven Isserlis high-res photo
Jeremy Denk and Steven Isserlis video preview | Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk video preview

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Jeremy Denk on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at 5pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. This performance is sponsored generously in part by Eleanor and Frank Pao. Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.

Remaining tickets start at $88-$128 and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at Symphony Hall’s Hall Box Office, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.

This will be the 10th Celebrity series performance for Joshua Bell; he made his debut in 1991 and was seen most recently in 2016 with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. This concert marks the 6th Celebrity Series performance for Jeremy Denk; he made his Celebrity Series debut in 2008 with Rob Kapilow in “What Makes It Great?” and was seen most recently in 2018 with violinist Stefan Jackiw and Hudson Shad. This will be the Celebrity Series debut performance for Steven Isserlis.

“Bell’s combination of musicianship, intensity and charm has made him one of the most rightly popular violinists of his generation.” London Telegram and Gazette

“Denk is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination.”  The New York Times

“What Isserlis brings most of all is his singing, he’s the best singer on the cello you could ever, ever find.” BBC Radio 3

Hailed as “a dream team of performers,” longtime musical collaborators and friends, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk, will unite this spring for their first-ever trio tour. Though Bell, Isserlis and Denk have previously released the landmark 2016 recording For the Love of Brahms together on Sony Classical, these performances mark the first occasions in which they will tour live as an ensemble. The Brahms album has been praised as “Absolutely essential listening for the classical fan…well-crafted, flawless…killer stuff.”

The artists have enjoyed years of camaraderie and musical rapport-Bell remembers how he met Isserlis “about 30 years ago at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston [SC], where we played chamber music together. He has been my close friend and frequent chamber music partner ever since.” Bell also met Jeremy Denk, a fellow Indiana University alum, at Spoleto. They have since appeared together in recital numerous times, and recorded French Impressions, featuring violin-piano duo works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Franck. “Together, we all share a long-lasting friendship, and to finally be able to tour with Jeremy and Steven is a goal fulfilled,” adds Bell.

“Through telephone diplomacy, the three of us were able to agree on this substantial programme. Two gloriously romantic trios are paired with two major wartime masterpieces. It should be quite an emotional journey,” notes Isserlis.

PROGRAM:

Felix Mendelssohn, Trio No. 2 in C minor, Opus 66
Dmitri Shostakovich, Trio No. 2 in E minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor 
Maurice Ravel, Trio in A minor

About Joshua Bell: With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and music education champion, Joshua Bell’s curiosity and clarity of insight are a testament to his belief in the power of music as a unifying cultural force. An artist of precision and passion, Bell is committed to the violin as an instrument of expression and a vehicle for realizing the new and unexplored. A Sony Classical artist, Bell has performed on six continents with every major orchestra in the world, and recorded more than 40 CDs garnering GRAMMY, Mercury, Gramophone, and OPUS Klassik (formerly ECHO Klassik) awards. Named Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

About Steven Isserlis: Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras, performs with many period instrument ensembles, and works with many contemporary composers. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello. His huge discography includes the Bach Suites, Beethoven’s complete cello music with Robert Levin, the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, concertos by Haydn and CPE Bach with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, a special WW1-inspired disc with Connie Shih, Chopin and Schubert with Dénes Várjon, and a new disc of Shostakovich and Kabalevsky with Olli Mustonen which entered the official UK Classical Chart at No.1. He has written two children’s books about the lives of the great composers and, with composer Anne Dudley, created three musical stories for children as well. A commentary on Schumann’s Advice for Young Musicians was published in September 2016. For the past 20 years he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He performs on the 1726 Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius, loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

About Jeremy Denk: One of America’s foremost pianists, Denk is the winner of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and has appeared in recent years with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” His writing appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and he is working on a book to be published by Random House.

About Celebrity Series of Boston 

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Arthur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

From orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series has been bringing great artists to Boston’s major concert halls for eight decades. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, and many others.