Is it really true that it is best to learn as many pieces as possible before age 24, if you plan to play violin as a profession? I had read once somewhere that Joshua Bell had said that he wished that he had learned more pieces at an early age and also that Midori learned a concerto every two weeks as a teenager. Obviously, these are super talents, but I am just wondering about the advanced middle to high school aged student. Is that the rule of thumb or not so? My child learned two full concertos last year (Viotti 23, Kabalevsky Concerto, And Mozart 3rd Concerto 1stMvmt) and feels like working so long on the pieces cause them to become very dull and monotonous. He presently plays very comfortably at a level six with good intonation and tone.
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