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Celebrate the 300th Birthday of Joshua Bell's extraordinary violin at the NY Premiere of the documentary film about his instrument: The Return of the Violin.

The film chronicles the odyssey of a Stradivarius violin made in 1713 and its role in transforming superstar Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman into a legendary humanitarian who saved Europe's premiere Jewish musicians by forming the Palestine Orchestra which is today the Israel Philharmonic. Following the film, Joshua Bell will be interviewed onstage by Budd Mishkin. We'll also be celebrating the release of his new holiday CD, Musical Gifts, and the new children's illustrated book The Man with the Violin.

Produced in Partnership with 92Y’s Tisch Center for the Arts and the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


Brief Bios

One of the preeminent classical musicians in the world today, Joshua Bell is a Grammy award winning violinist with more than 40 CDs to his credit including the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Red Violin. He is the new Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. 2013 highlights include performances with the world’s leading orchestras, Bell’s appearance in the documentary film The Return of the Violin featuring Bell’s 1713 Stradivarius, the Sony Classical holiday release Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends and the publication of the illustrated children’s book, The Man With The Violin. Kathy Stinson authored the book inspired by Bell’s participation in the Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post experiment about art and context. His career spans over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor while being an outspoken advocate for classical music and keeping music education in schools. His website is

Budd Mishkin has worked in radio and television news and sports since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. He is one of NY1’s original employees, dating back to the station’s inception in 1992. Since 2003, Budd has been the host of NY1’s weekly series “One on 1 with Budd Mishkin,” profiling more than 250 influential and intriguing New Yorkers.

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