For the sake of curiosity and discussion I wanted to start off a thread comparing the qualities that differentiate between soloists and orchestral musicians at the highest levels.
So I guess the synopsis of what I'm trying to ask would be could the top orchestral musicians such as principal desks of the major orchestras like CSO, LSO, NYPhil, etc. have had successful solo careers? And then vice versa! Would the typical soloist fair successfully as an orchestral musician due to the difference in play styles between the two? Obviously there's a difference between the qualities it takes to be a good orchestral musician (cohesion, blend,and I'm sure many others) and a good soloist (powerful tone, extreme confidence, and unique creativity stand out to me). Of course all of these qualities are equally important to any musician. Then of course everybody has their own preference, and I doubt that there is much envy of the others position on either side. What do you guys think?
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