Violinist Joshua Bell shares memories of Meadowmount

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell travels the globe with his Stradivarius, but sometimes feels the urge to play in one of the venues where he first impressed an audience, as a student musician.

The Manhattan resident recently returned to a school he says had a huge influence on his life and career, Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, New York, where talented young string players refine their skills away from the normal distractions of daily life.

Bell says it is likely only the second time he’s been back there since his days as a student in the intense summer programs filled with practice, lessons and performances.

Enjoy Spotlight producer Paul Larson’s second interview with the virtuoso.

To find out about upcoming appearances and music releases by Joshua Bell, head to his website: Joshua Bell | Official.  Bell is currently preparing to release an album featuring the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, played with the London-based chamber orchestra Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend student performances at Meadowmount School of Music from June 30th until August 7th, every Sunday at 5 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm.  Faculty and guest artists will also hold performances, including Grammy winners Jessie Montgomery and James Ehnes. Concerts at Meadowmount are free, with donations gratefully accepted.  Learn more about events at Meadowmount on the official website:

Spotlight is made possible, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.  Spotlight is also supported by Hill and Hollow Music.