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Superstar Joshua Bell talks about his crazy week with PennLive.com

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Over the past 40 years I've interviewed hundreds of musicians, but when the opportunity came for me to talk to violinist, conductor, and composer Joshua Bell, I felt like a giggly teenager. I've admired Bell throughout his illustrious career, especially his willingness to depart from convention, from how he dresses to the kind of repertoire he performs and records. Oh, he's also incredibly good-looking.

Three years ago Bell was appointed music director of the St. Martin in the Fields orchestra in London. He is a relentlessly active recording artist and performer around the world.

I talked to Bell under less than ideal conditions. He was in Napa, California, in a bad cell phone reception area. When we could finally hear each other, he was in a parking lot, late for a rehearsal of Vivaldl's Four Seasons for the sold out opening night of the Festival del Sole.

"It's a crazy week," he said. His stamina seems superhuman. He had just played the Bruch concerto at the Hollywood Bowl the night before I talked to him. After the Napa concert, he's on his way to Michigan to play the Mendelssohn violin concerto. Then it's off to New York, where he lives, to play the Bruch concerto in two outdoor concerts with the New York Philharmonic, then Mendelssohn again in Shippensburg Thursday night. He'll end this marathon of performances at the Tanglewood Festival in western Massachusetts with Lalo's 'Symphonie Espagnol'. READ THE FULL PennLive.com INTERVIEW.