John Kim Bell : The First North American Indian Conductor [VHS]

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John Kim Bell has been making music and history ever since he was a child. Born on the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve in Quebec, Bell studied music since he was eight and was conducting Broadway musicals for such luminaries as Gene Kelly and Vincent Price in New York City at the young age of 18. While […]

John Kim Bell has been making music and history ever since he was a child. Born on the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve in Quebec, Bell studied music since he was eight and was conducting Broadway musicals for such luminaries as Gene Kelly and Vincent Price in New York City at the young age of 18. While conducting the International Company of A Chorus Line in Toronto, symphony musicians brought the young conductor’s talent to the attention of Toronto Symphony Music Director, Andrew Davis. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Davis appointed Mr. Bell the Apprentice Conductor of the Toronto Symphony, making him the first Aboriginal person to ever conduct a symphony orchestra.
Bell then graduated from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, studying conducting with the well known conducting teacher Franco Ferrara and went on to serve as Apprentice Conductor to Zubin Mehta at the New York Philharmonic where he met and studied with the legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein.

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