HOW TO MAKE THE BEST OF A JOSHUA BELL MEET AND GREET
HELLO I am back with another question!
For those of you who've been a member for a while will know that I'm the biggest die-hard fan of Joshua Bell in the world... BUT HE IS COMING TO RICHMOND TO PERFORM ON SEPTEMBER!
I will be able to meet him, but I'm not sure how to make the most of the short experience so that I dont regret my decision in the future. Who knows when he will come back?
What should I do when I meet him? What questions should I ask that will benefit me the most, and what advice should I ask for so that it helps me? What item should I get signed? A CD or poster, etc.
Thanks for your help. Anything and any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I think there is a thread somewhere in the archives on what you would ask Joshua Bell. I'd search it up and try and find similar threads.
I'd be more inclined to greet him as a person and not try to complete an on the fly interrogation of him. Lot of people are going to be pressing for his attention and you're not going to get a deep or detailed response with the few seconds of time you'll get.
I have met him at a private reception backstage some 24 years ago. Back then, he had a really beautiful girlfriend, and he was too busy talking to her...
David, it's very personal and depending on the situation so I can't answer to your questions, but I believe get to know him as a boy might help:
Print a photo or something? Ask him to autograph your tailpiece if you've got your violin with you? ;)
Have him sign your violin :P
Have him scratch his name into your violin. And not on the chinrest or tailpiece. On the spruce top. Willie Nelson has had other musicians scratch their names onto his guitar for many years. Why not you too?
Have you ever looked at Willie Nelsons guitar? A good reason not to do so. XD
If I had the opportunity to meet him I think it would be memorable to have someone take a picture of us together.
If you want him to sign something, I suggest taking a brand new shiny rosin cake.
For the autograph, you could ask him to sign a piece of paper. Later you can cut out the signature and have your luthier paste it next to your violin's label.
If you hand someone like that an 8x10 glossy photo and a Sharpie pen, they will ask you what you want them to write. Have something prepared like "David, keep going with violin, I look forward to hearing you someday."
I would probably try and pry into his personal life. People like when you just skip the small talk and throw a hail mary.
8x10 isn't enough. Bring a life-size poster with Joshua Bell's exact height.
I waited in a long line once to meet Ann Sophie Mutter. What I found most interesting was watching her interactions with the people in front of me. She was extremely gracious with everyone in the very short allotted time we had. When my turn came, I told her I loved her playing and asked if she would record the Bach Sonatas & Partitas.
A youth orchestra I used to be in accompanied him for several concerts. Each time the female members would approach him, he was quite flirtatious. Notably, his autograph messages were much longer for the ladies than for the gentlemen. He also kissed the second chair violist on the cheek once. But overall, he seemed like an approachable person, and it was fun to be able to watch him so close up. I had never realized just how much he sweats. Look out!
Why not just simply thank him for working so hard for so many years to give so many so much pleasure?
I like Tom's idea. But he'll take a picture with you, if you ask, and it's always nice to get one of his CDs (it's supportive of his career after all) and have him sign that. If you have a CD player! :)
Take page 1 of something he is playing(particularly if you have worked on it) for him to autograph.
Hand him a Perlman CD to sign and then ask him if he wants to go grab a few beers.
I once met him briefly after a concert of his. After the usual "bravo" to him, I gave him a copy of my first (and at the time only) CD. So far he still hasn't asked me to to play the Bach Double with him but...
Ask him if you can borrow his violin over the weekend
Seriously though, if i were advanced as a player and really wanted to ask him a question, id ask him for advice about something concrete that pertains to playing or practice. He's a good violinist, not a philosopher, a historian, a lifestyle guru (unless maybe it impacts violin teaching) etc.
Late to the discussion but I'll be very surprised if you have time to say anything more than "I really enjoy your playing." Meet and greets are not conducive to lengthy conversations, if for no other reason than courtesy towards others waiting their turn. I'd also be surprised if he responded to any sort of technical question with anything more than "Keep it up," "Ask your teacher," or "I'm glad you enjoy playing."