Joshua Bell Best Quotes

Joshua David Bell is an American violinist and conductor. Enjoy Joshua Bell’s best quotes below.

“When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.”
“The violin sings.”
“For some reason I can’t explain, artist and musicians tend to look younger than our age. Being in music, you need this youthful sense of discovery and wonder for what you’re doing and keep your imagination open. That’s a youthful way of looking at life and I think that reflects in how you age.”
“There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing a conductor say, ‘Play softer,’ as they’re waving their hands in huge gestures.”
“You only live once, so I try to say yes to everything.”
“I use Facebook quite a lot to keep up with my friends, although I had to delete ‘Words With Friends’ from my phone because it was wasting too much of my time.”
“The best way to refine an interpretation is by getting out and performing.”
“I like trying things, I am kind of adventurous and I like thrill seeking.”
“I’m in a position where, theoretically, I could play the same ten concertos and make a very good living bouncing around playing Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Barber, but I really think artists should keep pushing limits and trying new things.”
“I hope I will always have the chance to play the violin.”
“I grew up in a musical family, but nobody was a professional musician.”
“You’re a constant student, as a musician.”
“I mean, the great secret is that an orchestra can actually play without a conductor at all. Of course, a great conductor will have a concept and will help them play together and unify them.”
“What drew me to the violin was mastering the instrument technically, which I’m continuing to do.”
“Although I hardly ever turn on the TV set unless it’s football season, I do watch a lot of TV on my iPad – perfect for long airplane journeys.”
“I don’t want to portray myself as a daredevil. I’m not at all.”
“I like working with kids because I enjoy seeing the looks on their faces and, it’s kind of selfish, I want a future audience.”
“I was lucky enough to have parents who started me on music very early, but most kids don’t get that kind of exposure.”
“I write arrangements. I’m sort of a wannabe composer.”
“No one tells you what to do if you completely flop at the beginning of a performance.”
“The man on the street, he knows who Beethoven is, he knows who Mozart is.”
“I want to do everything. That’s my problem.”
“When you play for ticket-holders, you are already validated. I have no sense that I need to be accepted. I’m already accepted.”
“At a music hall, I’ll get upset if someone coughs or if someone’s cellphone goes off.”
“Conducting is a strange thing to teach.”
“I love the outdoor festival feeling.”
“I never had any real expectations about what sort of success I would have or all the publicity.”
“Over the years, I’ve collected a lot of musical friends.”
“So much of performing is a mind game.”
“We live in the least ugly time in history.”
“You don’t have to have lots of love affairs to know what love is.”
“A conductor can do wild things which can feel forced, but if you’re directing from within the orchestra, you can’t do that, things have to feel natural.”
“In art and music, particularly in the 20th century, there was a big period there where for something to be called profound you had to not be able to understand it.”

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