Will Joshua Bell become a household name -- a Bernstein or a rock-star like Dudamel, the famed Venezuelan conductor and violinist?
On this man's face, I see a sense of humor, strength of mind, an I am what I am confidence.
He's 45, an established violinist on tour right now, also director of London's famous Academy of St Martin's Chamber Orchestra.
Belinda Luscombe, Time Magazine reporter, asks her usual clear questions in her usual, un-clear way. ( Golly, I wish she'd take lessons in diction)
Yes, Belinda's easing into the chat, but I'm ho-humming. He doesn't seem like the kind of interviewee that needs careful coddling.
On Belinda goes -- to his Gibson Stradivarius that's worth $4 million. She wonders how he protects it when he's traveling. Joshua Bell explains that security for it is a secret he doesn't want to disclose -- "A Strad is like traveling with a baby. You watch over it, all the time."
And his fingers -- does he protect them? Yes -- though he does most domestic activities, he avoids using a knife -- slicing vegetables is OUT.
Finally, Belinda comes up with a question that relates to his art, Ten years ago, Bell played Bach in a Washington, D.C. subway. How did that affect him? Did it start his real career? It was certainly picked up, photographed, written about in many newspapers.
Joshua let her know it was a PR gimmick. And it worked. It got him on his way to bigger and better engagements.
Since Joshua Bell was a child prodigy, he has had many ideas about how to teach a child to play a violin. Belinda asks how he manages to take care of the three sons he lives with, sons he had with an ex-girlfriend. Joshua said that he sees them five times a day and shares things "wonderfully well" with their mother.
(Five times a day? That got me wondering if he was exaggerating a little.)
The most important subjects -- how he fell in love with music, and would he encourage a child to try and be a professional performer -- they weren't discussed.
Here's most of the Time Magazine interview: