The first piece Joshua Bell ever performed on his current violin, the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius? Bernstein’s Serenade. As the violinist tells Forbes, he played it at Royal Albert Hall in 2001 just four hours after stumbling on the Strad in a London shop, “which you usually wouldn’t want to do after knowing an instrument for four hours, but I was so in love with it, I just didn’t want to play on anything else,” He also recorded the work that year for
Bell returns to Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) this week with the Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert.
(Photo: Chris Lee)