Joshua Bell surprises child busker with violin duet

5 September 2014, 11:41 | Updated: 2 April 2020, 16:23

11-year-old violinist Dylan Hamme was surprised on live television when his hero, Joshua Bell, joined him for a duet.

Hamme, who busks regularly on the streets of New York, appeared on The Today Show on American television to talk about his prodigious talent, his hero Joshua Bell, and give a solo performance.

However, Hamme did not know that Bell himself was lurking in the wings. When he revealed himself (and threw a penny in the busker's open violin case), Hamme's reaction was perfectly professional. 

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Praising the young violinist, Bell said that he'd been told about the young talent, but had been unable to find him. "I'm so glad you invited me here, because I've been looking for you!"

The two then played a snippet of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.