Stories » Joshua Bell talks music, education and his 300-year-old violin / Tampa Bay Times

Top 10 for Aug

Joshua Bell talks music, education and his 300-year-old violin / Tampa Bay Times

Bookmark and Share

Joshua Bell, one of the most famous violinists in the world, also has one of the most famous violins. It's a 300-year-old Stradivarius called the Gibson ex Huberman, an impeccable instrument stolen twice in its storied life. Bell paid $4 million for it, and it goes everywhere.

Surely it would start to talk to you, right? Like Tom Hanks' volleyball in Castaway? Bell laughed. And then, he kind of agreed. "It's a special thing, opening up the case every morning and seeing this object that has had so much history and so much happen to it over the 300 years," he said. "It almost feels like a living, breathing thing. I don't take it to the extreme as Tom Hanks did. It varies day to day. I get along with it better on some days than others, depending on the weather and the way it's responding. And I try to treat it with special care and take it to a special violin doctor."

READ THE FULL Tampa Bay Times INTERVIEW