…Joshua Bell gets no respect in Washington?

Joshua Bell

If you hoped off of the metro, and a violin virtuoso was playing near a trash basket, would you notice? The Washington Post wanted to find out, so with the help of Joshua Bell, one of the finest violin players in the world, they set up a little experiment. Just to give you an idea of what’s at stake, Josh plays on a multi-million dollar Stradivarius, and commonly receives over $1000 per minute of his playing at concerts. So of the 1,097 people who passed by him during the 43 minutes he was playing, how many do you think recognized him?

One. Exactly one.

And how much did he make?

$32.17, or roughly $40 per hour.

Who said being one of the world’s best would never pay off?

[The Washington Post – Pearls Before Breakfast]