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Joshua Bell set to play Tchaikovsky with Osmo Vanska leading the Minnesota Orchestra / MINNPOST

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Joshua Bell is a very busy violinist. One of the world's most celebrated and in-demand classical musicians, an acclaimed virtuoso and former child prodigy, he's just off a summer tour with superstar trumpeter Chris Botti. He's about to embark on a 30-city tour that will take him from Atlanta to Zurich. Since 2011, Bell has been music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, succeeding its founder, Sir Neville Marriner. He recently joined Turnaround Arts, which gives kids in struggling schools access to arts education. He's made a couple of cameos on Amazon's classical music-themed streaming series "Mozart in the Jungle." Bell's latest album of many, "For the Love of Brahms," recorded with the Academy, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk, is due out Sept. 30. He has three children. Even his violin – the nearly-$4 million Gibson ex-Huberman Stradivarius – has its own biography.

On Sept. 22 and 23, Bell will join Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, fresh from their own triumphant European tour, for two season-opener concerts. In August, he gave a telephone press conference for several reporters in cities early on his tour itinerary. That way, he wouldn't have to answer the same questions a zillion times and we could all share the highlights.

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