Joshua Bell with YoungArts Alumni during the airing of YoungArts MasterClass / Photo: Karen Goodman
Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass, the most recent episode of the of the three-time Emmy® nominated HBO Family Documentary Special, which aired on October 14, 2014, features internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell as he mentors, travels, and performs alongside nine talented young string musicians, all YoungArts alumni. This episode, which is currently available on HBO Go (along with 8 other episodes) follows Bell and the students throughout an intensive nine day experience including rehearsals at Joshua Bell’s Manhattan home; performing a sold out concert at London’s Limelight rock club; and observing Bell’s recording session of the Bach Violin Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields which will be released by Sony Classical on September 30th.
YoungArts MasterClass chronicles the work of renowned artists sharing their art and life experiences through master classes with National YoungArts Foundation alumni. Each edition of the program highlights the importance of mentorship, which resonates in the arts and beyond, allowing the next generation of young artists to meet and work with legends, like Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Bill T. Jones, Patti LuPone and Wynton Marsalis, in the fields they aspire to pursue.
YoungArts MasterClass is produced by Executive Producer Lin Arison and documentary filmmakers Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, whose Simon & Goodman Picture Company has received numerous nominations and awards including an Academy Award, many Emmys®, and the duPont-Columbia Award for Independent Programming.
Previous YoungArts MasterClass specials have featured Edward Albee, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Olafur Eliasson, Renée Fleming, Frank Gehry, Josh Groban, John Guare, Bill T. Jones, Patti LuPone, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Anna Deavere Smith, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kathleen Turner, Liv Ullmann and Bruce Weber.
In conjunction with Columbia University’s Teachers College, YoungArts developed a Study Guide based on the program which is distributed free to schools nationwide to help increase arts education and awareness. To learn more about YoungArts MasterClass and the Study Guide, click here.