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International Festival Portraits | Joshua Bell

Music can go straight into your soul and grab you and move you and change you as a person

 - Joshua Bell

Artists from the heart of the International Festival.

Superstar US violinist Joshua Bell talks about first discovering music, the emotive experience of live performance and why music means so much to him.  

Joshua Bell has a very special three-concert residency at the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. Book your tickets now for Joshua Bell plays Bruch, Joshua Bell & Dénes Várjon and Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis & Dénes Várjon.

Watch him talk about the residency on our blog.


The International Festival Portraits are a series of interviews with actors, choreographers, musicians, conductors, writers and directors talking about the art that they love.

The 2017 International Festival Portraits feature Alan AyckbournAnoushka ShankarJoshua BellMartin CreedMitsuko Uchida and Zinnie Harris in a series of personal reflections on their art-form, the nature of live performance, and the unique connection they experience with an audience every time they take to the stage.

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