I did a little unscientific survey. I googled several famous violinists and found the web page for their management agency. These web pages list all the violinists represented by the agency. I found one big agency that had 20 violinists under management but I only really knew about a few of them. I presume that many are in career building stage and if they don't get traction they will be replaced.
I found a few others with 8 to 15 violinists. Same story. Then I thought about recording careers. How many currently active violinists have recorded more than 5 cds?
I suspect that not very many have. I wonder if there are even 30 big careers out there. It seems that becoming head of government for a democracy is statistically more likely than having a long term solo career as a violinist.
This isn't to suggest that there are not other options. University professor, chamber musician, concertmaster etc. all have significant solo performing opportunities even if one plays less than 100 concerts a year.
So what is you guess on the number of big careers? What are your criteria for a big career?
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