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Strings Attached

by Luis R. Rigual | Miami magazine | January 3, 2013

Renowned violinist Joshua Bell hits Miami with a double dose of talent this month. On Jan. 12 he comes to town to receive an award from the National YoungArts Foundation and then on Jan. 25 and 26 he takes the stage at the Arsht Center to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra for the first time in a decade.

It’s been 10 years since you’ve performed with The Cleveland Orchestra. Why so long? Time just has a way of flying by. I hope it’s not because they haven’t wanted me.

Will you be playing your Gibson Stradivarius violin? Indeed. Actually, when I play in Miami it will be the violin’s 300th birthday. It was made back in 1713.

Is it true that you burst into tears a few years back when you thought you wouldn’t be able to acquire it? Is that what it says out there? [Laughs] I think I might have burst into tears when I first played it. Somehow I knew I would always get it.

That instrument has been stolen twice before it came to your possession. Do you ever let it out of your sight? Well, there are times when it’s not exactly in my sight, but I know where it is at all times. It’s my baby.

You’ve partaken in many collaborations in the past. Ever consider doing something with a contemporary artist? Like who? Lady Gaga? That would certainly get headlines. The thing is, I don’t think I could offer much in that regard.

Do you enjoy visiting Miami? I do. I’m all about trying new restaurants when I’m there.

What, no late nights at the clubs for you? No way! That electronic and techno music… it’s not for me. When my friends drag me to one of those places, I actually have to wear earplugs.