Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell was presented the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize, awarded for outstanding achievement and excellence in music, April 10 at New York's Lincoln Center.

The violin virtuoso received a $75,000 honorarium and his name added to the list of past winners on a marble plaque installed at Avery Fisher Hall. Bell was previously honored with an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1986.

"I'll never forget when Avery Fisher called me in my home in Indiana 20 years ago to tell me that I had been chosen to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant," said Bell. "It was the highlight of my career at the time and now I've been blessed with another -- with the coveted Avery Fisher Prize."

Bell gained national attention at age 14 with his acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and was named Billboard Magazine's "2004 Classical Artist of the Year."

Sony BMG Masterworks released "The Essential Joshua Bell," a two-disc collection of excerpts from the violinist's greatest recordings April 3.

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