Hi all, new member, but long time lurker and I have a question for everyone about weight. While we all know the advantages/disadvantages health wise and all the other associated issues, in your experiences and/or opinion does weight effect a violinists' success and performance?
I ask because as a newbie I qualify somewhere around chubby, and only know a three people who actually play violin. One of those people is an instructor at the college where I work (not a school especially know for it's music department, but not bad). Anyway, since I don't really "play" in his opinion [that's a whole nother issue!], I was horrified yesterday when he made a comment that before I did anything else, I needed to lose weight so that I would present well on stage.
After I thought about it, it is somewhat understandable, but then he deliever the kicker that he has never taught a student who was even slightly overweight, regardless of talent, because 'if they don't look good, I don't want them representing me at any auditions.' What I can't understand is that as many of our gentlemen performers as there are, surely at some point in their careers, some had to have developed a gut.
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