I've been musical all my life -- I was a very serious piano player from age 4-18, and almost went to conservatory but instead decided to study for a "practical" job. Then a year ago, at age 20, my friend played her violin for me and I was mesmerized. I immediately started with an amazing teacher, and I think I've found my passion!
So I've been taking weekly lessons for one year now and have finished Suzuki Books 1 and 2. I realize this is pretty good progress, and my teacher says I play with very good intonation ... but I find it hard to be happy with anything I play because I still have a "beginner sound." I realize that I probably sound like a beginner because I AM a beginner, but I have this deep, sad fear that because I started as an adult, I will never play as good as an advanced player, no matter how hard I work.
I'm 21 years old now. I'm a realistic person and have no dreams of going pro. I'd be very happy to one day play in my community symphony. But I'm also very ambitious -- my biggest goal is to one day be advanced enough to play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (my all-time favorite piece). And not just play it, but play it well, even if it is just a recital for my family. I just love violin so much that I can't bear to work at it for the rest of my life and only reach a mediocre standard of playing.
So my question is ... is this even possible? Are there any adult beginners out there who reached a truly advanced level of playing?
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