"Joshua Bell" (born December 9, 1967) is an American violinist.
Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of two psychologists, and began taking violin lessons at the age of four when his mother discovered her son had taken rubber bands from around the house and stretched them across the handles of his dresser drawer and was plucking out music he had heard her play on the piano. His parents got him a scaled to size violin for their now five year old son and started him on lessons. A bright student, Bell took to the instrument but lived a normal Midwest Indiana life playing video games and excelling at sports. Bell studied as a boy first under Mimi Zweig, then switched to Josef Gingold after assurances from Bell's parents that they were not interested in pushing their son in the study of the violin but simply wanted him to have the best teacher for their son's abilities. Satisfied that the boy was living a normal life, Gingold took Bell on as his student and to this day, Bell speaks of Gingold fondly as a great teacher and mentor. At the age of fourteen, he appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. Bell studied the violin at the In...