Does one need to be a prodigy to become a v. successful violinist?
By v. successful I mean becoming a soloist performing with the major orchestras and conductors of the world on a regular basis?
The greatest violinists I know of were all prodigies (i.e., played Mendelsohn by 9, the Chaconne by 12 or some similar trajectory).
Examples are: Heifetz, Menuhin, Elman, Perlman, Szigeti, Oistrakh, Zimbalist, Vengerov, Chang, Kennedy. While some of these were not human (they played like gods!) and are much much more than v. successful, are there examples of successful violinists that only found their passion for the violin as early teenagers or later?
Or is it true that unless you practice 5 hours a day as a child, you wont be able to compete as a young adult?
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