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Classical Notes: September 30, 2007 Archive

A Baby Bell: No Josh?

Posted at 12:21 PM on September 30, 2007 by John Birge

While I've not seen this story confirmed in mainstream media, an online fan forum says violinist Joshua Bell is a father. Apparently, it was Josh Bell himself who posted this message:

“Many years ago I had a girlfriend named Lisa Matricardi. We were together for seven years, up until 1999. Although we are not together anymore as a couple, we have remained close and I think of her as family. A few years ago we discovered that we both had a keen interest in having a child. Of course having a child takes two people, and since neither of us had a proper ‘significant other’ up to the task, we arrived at an unconventional but certainly not unprecedented solution. We decided to try to have a child together, even though we both knew that we would be living our separate lives outside of sharing our parental responsibilities (and our deep friendship of course). I will keep the details to a minimum here, but to make a long story short, on July 31st Lisa gave birth to our baby boy.”

You can read the entire post here.