YoungArts MasterClass


Joshua Bell with YoungArts Alumni during the airing of YoungArts MasterClass / Photo: Karen Goodman

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Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass
October 14, 2014  | 7:30 PM
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Filmed in New York City and London, Joshua Bell: YoungArts MasterClass features internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell as he mentors, travels, and performs alongside nine talented young string musicians, all YoungArts alumni—violinists Mariella Haubs (2014 YoungArts Winner), Kevin Hu (2011 YoungArts Winner and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Sirena Huang (2012 YoungArts Winner), and Kelly Talim (2013 YoungArts Winner); violists Leah Ferguson (2011 YoungArts Winner) and Bradley Parrimore (2013 YoungArts Winner); cellists Brannon Cho (2013 YoungArts Winner) and Anna Litvinenko (2012 YoungArts Winner in); and bassist Zachary Ostroff (2011 YoungArts Winner in Jazz and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts). This episode 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.

The three-time Emmy® nominated HBO Family Documentary Special 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. 


Full episodes of Season 1 are available on our YouTube HBO YoungArts MasterClass playlist and later episodes are available on HBO Go (for HBO subscribers).