Anyone contemplating a career in music, especially violin, should read Steven Staryk's book, "Fiddling With Life," as required reading. It is a well written reality check on how or how not to "make it" in the top echelons of violinists. Not to give anything away, but luck, not talent, at that level plays a big part.
Maestro Staryk also speaks about Vanessa-Mae and scantilly clad female, and male, violinists on album covers and whether they have talent or not.
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