Hi, I've been asking this question since I started playing the violin last year:
Why does it matter age so much, instead of the years you've been playing the violin?
I don't know, imagine a 14 years old violinist who can play the Mendelssohn violin concerto really great. Everyone would say that violinist is a prodigy.
Nevertheless, if a 26 years old violinist do the same, it does not impress that much, and almost everyone would focus on the mistakes and point them out.
Let's say the 14 years old violinst started at age of 4, but the 26 years old started at the age of 21 years.
Isn't the 26 years old violinist way better than the first one?
That violinist clearly is accelerating and learning to play the violin way faster than the kid, so in 5 years more there will be a clear difference between them, being the kid worse than the old violinist.
Nevertheless, I'm 100% sure any music school/conservatory would pick the kid.
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