Joshua Bell
Here is an interesting test. What happens when you take the extraordinary talent of a well known concert violinist out of his element, and drop him into a bus station to busk. I won’t spoil the ending of the story by telling you how much money he raked in while playing his 3.5 million dollar Stradivarius…

A onetime child prodigy, at 39 Joshua Bell has arrived as an internationally acclaimed virtuoso. Three days before he appeared at the Metro station, Bell had filled the house at Boston’s stately Symphony Hall, where merely pretty good seats went for $100. Two weeks later, at the Music Center at Strathmore, in North Bethesda, he would play to a standing-room-only audience so respectful of his artistry that they stifled their coughs until the silence between movements. But on that Friday in January, Joshua Bell was just another mendicant, competing for the attention of busy people on their way to work…Read Full Article