The Charleston Gaillard Center Presents


Featuring Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk & Steven Isserlis
Apr 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
$29-$110 (+applicable fees)
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BELL-DENK-ISSERLIS TRIO @ Charleston Gaillard Center

The Charleston Gaillard Center is thrilled to present three of the greatest performers in the world of classical music on one stage together.

Joshua Bell, violin
Steven Isserlis, cello
Jeremy Denk, piano

“Bell’s combination of musicianship, intensity and charm has made him one of the most rightly popular violinists of his generation.” –London Telegram and Gazette
“Denk is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination.”  – The New York Times
“What Isserlis brings most of all is his singing, he’s the best singer on the cello you could ever, ever find.” – BBC Radio 3


Hailed as “a dream team of performers,” longtime musical collaborators and friends, violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Steven Isserlisand pianist Jeremy Denk, will unite this spring 2019 for their first-ever trio tour to ten American cities. Beginning April 27, the three artists will perform hallmarks of the trio repertoire in acclaimed venues across the East and West coasts. Though Bell, Isserlis and Denk have previously released the landmark 2016 recording For the Love of Brahms together on Sony Classical, these performances mark the first occasions in which they will tour live as an ensemble. The Brahms album has been praised as “Absolutely essential listening for the classical fan…well-crafted, flawless…killer stuff.”                                   

The artists have enjoyed years of camaraderie and musical rapport-Bell remembers how he met Isserlis “about 30 years ago at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston [SC], where we played chamber music together. He has been my close friend and frequent chamber music partner ever since.” Bell also met Jeremy Denk, a fellow Indiana University alum, at Spoleto. They have since appeared together in recital numerous times, and recorded French Impressions, featuring violin-piano duo works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Franck.“Together, we all share a long-lasting friendship, and to finally be able to tour with Jeremy and Steven is a goal fulfilled,” adds Bell.

“Through telephone diplomacy, the three of us were able to agree on this substantial programme. Two gloriously romantic trios are paired with two major wartime masterpieces. It should be quite an emotional journey,” notes Isserlis.

About Joshua Bell:
With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and music education champion, Joshua Bell’s curiosity and clarity of insight are a testament to his belief in the power of music as a unifying cultural force. An artist of precision and passion, Bell is committed to the violin as an instrument of expression and a vehicle for realizing the new and unexplored. A Sony Classical artist, Bell has performed on six continents with every major orchestra in the world, and​ recorded more than 40 CDs garnering GRAMMY, Mercury, Gramophone, and OPUS Klassik (formerly ECHO Klassik) awards. Named Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

About Steven Isserlis:
Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras, performs with many period instrument ensembles, and works with many contemporary composers. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello. His huge discography includes the Bach Suites, Beethoven’s complete cello music with Robert Levin, the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, concertos by Haydn and CPE Bach with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, a special WW1-inspired disc with Connie Shih, Chopin and Schubert withDénes Várjon, and a new disc of Shostakovich and Kabalevsky with Olli Mustonen. which entered the official UK Classical Chart at No.1. He has written two children’s books about the lives of the great composers and, with composer Anne Dudley, created three musical stories for children as well. A commentary on Schumann’s Advice for Young Musicianswas published in September 2016. For the past 20 years he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He performs on the 1726 Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius, loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

About Jeremy Denk:
One of America’s foremost pianists, Denk is the winner of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Avery Fisher Prize, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denk returns frequently to Carnegie Hall and has appeared in recent years with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, as well as at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Denk is known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit.” His writing appears in The New Yorkerand The New York Times, and he is working on a book to be published by Random House.


Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
Allegro energico e con fuoco
Andante espressivo
Scherzo: molto allegro quasi presto
Finale: allegro appassionato

Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Allegro con brio


Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor 

Ravel (1873-1943)
Piano Trio in A minor
Pantoum (Assez vif)
Passacaille (Très large)
Finale (Animé)

This Performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard center’s Director Series and classic great performance series.

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