Hello Everyone! the following post is very serious and I as all of you to take some time and help me to advise my friend on what he should do with his career. For that past couple of years a friend of mine has worked for at 5 hours a day perfecting his violin playing. His tone is sumptuous and soaring, technique flawless, and his musicality is outstanding. The problem with him though is that his parents do not support him in his studies. He has played every major concerto plus modern concerti, and given various recitals where it was made clear to the audience how incredible of a player he was and his great potential. Sadly, His parents have only bought him one bow for 400 dollars, his instrument is on loan from his teacher, a Hopf violin of pretty good quality. He recently has asked them to buy him two more bows, a lightone for paganini etc. and a bow for chamber music which he often participates in. They replied no, but instead purchased a house for investment purposes, over buying him two new bows. He is very frustrated under these conditions and feels the need to leave his parents home and go somewhere where he can truly grow to his full potential. He is considering an audition for Anne-Sophie Mutter's Circle of Friends Foundation, yes he's a Mutter fan too, which will allow him to live in Germany for a period of time, is this wise??
His family also only allows him to practice after school from 4 till 8 pm, so he must then force himself to wake up at 5am to practice from 6 am till 7 am before he must leave for school. On top of that he practices like mad during his one free period of the day just to make between 5 to 6 hours a day. He is truly gifted in every sense of the word, I believe that he could become one of the most outstanding violinists of his generation if he received the right tools, guidance, and support. So, what would you tell him to do???
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