Weekend weddings: Joshua Bell got married

Weekend weddings: Joshua Bell got married


norman lebrecht

October 07, 2019

The violinist Joshua Bell, 51, married soprano Larisa Martinez, 32, at their home in Mount Kisco, N.Y., on Saturday.

The officiating minister was New York Times columnist David Brooks.

The bride, who has toured with Andre Bocelli, wore white.

As did the groom.

The Times reports they have been together for seven years.

photo (c) Elena Cherkashyna


  • john Borstlap says:

    It was about time. I was irritated for years! Performers wait far too long with their settling in decent conditions.


  • Stephen says:

    Sorry. This smells of a PR stunt to attempt to dissipate rampant [redacted: defamation]

    • Bernardo says:

      Beard anyone?

    • Dolcezza says:

      I know Larisa and Josh and can assure you they are happily in love and very much married. 🙂 Congratulations to two consummate musicians and beautiful people!

    • mary says:

      @Stephen got 46 likes (so far) despite the fact that his comment was “redacted”, so obviously everybody knows (everybody except me, it seems) what the open secret is that is the subject of the alleged “defamation”.

      And it appears from the unredacted replies below that the “defamation” is either about “beards” or “banging groupies”, or both, “banging bearded groupies”, I guess.

      And that people refer to him as “Josh” suggests personal connection with the violinist.

      Such a nasty, hissing vipers nest, the readership of SD. So much nastier than for Lang Lang.

    • mary says:

      Why such nastiness towards Joshua Bell?

      He is, like Mary Lou Retton, America’s Sweetheart.

      He should be on the box of Wheaties.

    • sam says:

      1) First, let’s psychoanalyze that PR photo:

      Who poses with his bride along with his violin?

      Who’s he marrying, his bride or his violin?

      He’s hugging his Stradivarius, but initiating no physical contact with Martinez.

      Literally, nothing comes between him and his violin.

      2) Now, let’s rationalize it:

      Wives come and go, a Stradivarius is forever.

      A Stradivarius will always be true. (Get it, it’s a pun, “tuned” = “true” = “faithful”, ha ha)

      His assets prior to the marriage are his separate property, not communal property, so she can just forget about putting her hands on his violin (literally or figuratively).

      3) Finally, let’s conclude:

      A perfectly normal 21st century American marriage.

    • Face says:

      I agree totally.

    • face says:

      I totally agree.

  • Charles says:

    Oh dear.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Best wishes to the couple. (Enough with the snarky comments.)

  • Norman Krieger says:

    Mazal Tov!!! Many happy returns!!!!

  • pablo says:

    That bow goes both ways.

  • Sam says:

    Not that I know him, but I guess it was his mannerisms and lifestyle made it seemed he Was into males.

  • Vaquero357 says:

    Uh, how did a simple announcement that a beloved performer has gotten married turn into an Ad Hominem Fest? Geez!…..

    These classical music blogs are just too nasty. I need to hang out on some firearm forums where everybody’s civil so I can replenish my faith in humanity.

  • Couperin says:

    Even 18 years ago at school I heard from multiple people about his hot tub parties at Aspen. Once a slimeball, always a slimeball!

  • Martin Johnson says:

    Is it time for Josh’s MeToo moment yet?

  • Nijinsky says:

    I actually encountered “him” at a libation place, not having come in by accident he sort of lounged limbering all over the furniture with his guests talking about a friend of his (that I won’t name but was more than a decent violinist) who was getting into porno that was gay, that the friend had a good body and a good dick.

    I don’t even quite remember how I found out who this friend was, but somehow feeling in the dark I uncovered the work he had done, and in thinking I was being really private about it, with headphones, “neglected” to realize I still had the stereo turned up quite loud (which I couldn’t hear with the headphones) and ended up blasting the sound of certain previews all over the apartment building for not too long…

    Mission accomplished

    Needless to say, as honesty goes rather than maintaining image, the other guy was more than a decent violinist, which I’ve just recapitulated.

    Some people really deserve better.

  • Tchaikovsky got married too. No comment.

  • Michael says:

    Leonard Bernstein married a latina and had three kids too and we all know how that ended. Although Larisa is much younger and looks naive, I’m sure she knows what she is getting into. Her career has since grown and he likes them being waif for the pictures so they compliment each other. I’m sure they’ll have a long and fake happy marriage.

  • face says:

    I believe his marriage is fake and is just for show. I agree with the previous poster comparing Bernstein’s marriage to a Latina. When is Joshua’s MeToo moment. Read a lot of his actions at Tanglewood and Interlochen.

  • face says:

    His marriage is a farce.