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Joshua Bell on performing and directing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto for the first time / theStrad

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I'm performing and directing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for the first time in November and I can't wait. This is a piece I have performed maybe 1,000 times in concert, and every time I work with a conductor I have to be diplomatic, because obviously I can't run the rehearsal. But I have a very clear idea of the way I would like the piece to be performed, and of the details in the orchestral part that I would like to hear. So it will be exciting to dive in and experiment. We won't start rehearsing until two days before the concert, but luckily I know the orchestra very well. They understand my musical language and how I lead, and they know where to be pro-active. They really do play like chamber musicians. - Joshua Bell 

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