I am in the middle of changing my teacher now.
This is the Chicago area and I am a high school student hoping to continue to improve as much as I can with violin.
Well, I am involved with my school orchestra and All state orchestras, as well as some chamber music with my friends.
I like playing with other people like orchestra quartets, quintets, etc..
But then a teacher i know advised me a while ago that i need to get a higher level teacher.
So I've been getting lists of Violin professors in the Chicago area...
Forough, Ribeiro, Vamos, Chen, Milton, etc just to name a few.
However I'm aware that most of those teachers have students who are fascinating in solo playing and that they really do push their students that hard.
My case is that I'm not really considering a professional career out of violin, but to keep improving in an all rounded way. I also want to expand my knowledge/abilities whether its concertos, orchestral, or chamber music playing.
So my advisor teacher recommended me that then I contact Blair Milton or Yuan Qing Yu first, who are professors at Northwestern University and also members of Chicago Symphony.
I hear that Milton is an active chamber music performer too.
My advisor says either one of them will be able to help me with boosting my technique while being great help with my other interests of violin playing.
So, according to my personal goals in violin, do you think it is right that I contact those two people first?
I am also curious in case if they will lack some of the technical or solo parts of playing violin, since they are very close to being orchestral and chamber music players.
My guess is that since all of them are professionals and professors of violin, all will be top level musicians whether it be technique, solo, orchestral or chamber music.
Those two professors have already played major solo concertos very well just like any other professors too right?
I'm just worried that even though I would like to take lessons from orchestral background teachers, they might not be strong or insightful in technique or concertos...
Maybe I'm thinking too much.
But I would hope some of you on that higher road of violin can explain my dillemma here.
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