Hi all! My name is Caitlin, I’m 13 years old and I love playing the violin. :) I could go into great description why I do, but I’ll just jump right to the point.
I’ve only been playing since I was about 11 (2-3 years now). As high school nears and I set more goals for myself, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do once I go to college. For the past month, I’ve been debating whether or not becoming a professional violinist could be a possible pathway for me. I wanted to ask you all for your opinions – do you think it’d be doable for someone like me who started so late?
A bit about me and my level right now: I recently switched violin teachers (my last teacher overestimated me and never gave me any technique training) and I’ll be having my first lesson with him this weekend. He’s a well-respected teacher and promises to completely rework my technique with lots of etudes/scales, and give me some student-level concertos as well (Accolay, etc.) I’m a first violinist in an intermediate-level orchestra as well as concertmaster at my school orchestra – but that’s not really something to be proud of. I’ve played piano since I was four, and I’m probably a lot more talented in it but I know for sure I enjoy playing the violin more (again, could go into detail about this but I’ll skip it). I’m nowhere near as good as any of the child prodigies out there. However, I truly love the violin and want to make something out of it.
I know there have been similar topics about this but I just wanted to get your opinions on my particular situation. Do you think I could make a good living as a professional violinist if I choose to major in music? I know it’s not realistic to try to be the next Sarah Chang, but I’d definitely like to be a member of an orchestra or two that could support me. In my wildest dreams I see myself as a first violinist in a world-class orchestra, but I’m not sure if that could happen. Ideally, I see myself in 15 years as a first violinist in a respectable orchestra or two and maybe substituting for a top-tier one. I’m willing to practice hours a day if that’s what it takes (the good thing about starting late is that you have more willpower)! But before I decide to focus on violin so much, do you guys think that’s a reasonable goal for me? And if not, how far do you think I could get?
I don’t want a sugarcoated answer; I want your honest opinions. Thank you!
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