What repertoire should I be playing at 14/15 to be on track for being a violinist (professional)?
What repertoire should I be on at 14/15? I only properly started practicing violin at 12/13 but have been playing some time now (7 or so years). I was wondering what sort of repertoire I should be on to be on track for being a professional musician? I was going to finish my grd 8 exam, but I'd rather just work on concertos, etc.
I practice around 2/3 hours on week days and 4/5 on weekends, however currently have sprained my wrist from over-playing.
I am currently on the Bach Partitas 2 and 3 and the Saint Saens concerto, along with exam pieces. I've played Beethoven sonatas, the four seasons (Spring and Summer), Mozart 3rd concerto, Bach Am concerto (movements 1 and 2).
I was also wondering how many hours a day I should be working on violin playing (when my wrist's better!)? Would it be possible for anyone to give me a list of pieces I should work on to reach a professional standard?
Thank you :)
And this is why the deleting of threads is sad and should be prevented. The recent thread deleted by another teenager had a ton of information answering this question.
At this level I think you would have to make extra fast progress in order to reach a professional level. At 15-16 the average for someone persuing a professional career is Bruch concerto and above. Are you dead set on gost into music or do you have other interests that you can pursue a career in? Having a plan B is a good idea. And refember, it is always possible to have plenty of fun playing as an adult amateur.
Ella, the Saint-Saens concerto (I assume the OP means #3) is harder than Bruch.
Do you have a recording of a recital on YouTube or somewhere?
Ella Yu- yes I do have many other interests but music (opera and violin) is definitely my passion! Would it be possible for you to give me an idea of an order of works I should work on from now (I just turned 15)?
Mary Ellen- thank you for your advice and I have performed several of them to audiences at recitals/recordings, etc.
Elise Stanley- I'm afraid I don't have a recording on YouTube but I did perform the first movement of Beethoven's Spring twice and the Bach A minor concerto once, in addition to being in piano trios, orchestras, etc.
Have you started to think through what it is about being a professional player that makes you want to be one, and I mean not just the glamour of it? Because if you can answer this well for yourself, and of course you can refine it with time, you will be on your way to becoming a professional. It sounds to me like you are reasonably on track with your teacher's guidance to become a professional. Are you going to festivals and entering some local competitions? Are you playing chamber music and in an orchestra? As a professional you need to be able to work very well with other people and personalities. Are you in a big city? This makes a difference too. I was about the same as you at that age; some would say I was behind but I didn't know it then and also didn't care. I've accomplished many of my goals as a professional player but have come to the conclusion that there is much more impact in teaching. Playing professionally is great and fun and if that's your first step, go for it. You can do it! Regarding your injury from over playing: get yourself a copy or check out from your library Vigdorchik's "Violin Playing: a Physiological Approach". It is a must for you to understand the human body's motions as it relates to violin playing in order to avoid this in the future.
Well if you've only been serious for 2 years and you're preparing SS3 then you seem to be on a good trajectory, but for two concerns. First, you seem to be injuring yourself trying to catch up to the kids who got serious when they were barely even sentient. Second, there's a lot of foundation-building rep that you haven't mentioned, which makes me wonder how good your foundation can be.
Bonny Buckley- thank you so much for such great advice! I have certainly thought through it and am aware it would be a very tiring and competitive career however the thrill of performing would make it worth a lot for me!
Paul Deck- I think you're right about the fact I am worried I have a disadvantage not to have got to a high standard at an earlier age- I don't always practice for the time I set and now I realise it's important to take a more balanced approach.
Yes, I have to agree that how well you play your repertoire is very important. Unfortunately, I missed that you were working on the Saint-Saens concerto. Does your teacher know that you play in pain? I really think you need to go over your technique with your teacher and learn to play in a more relaxed way. Your playing ability will also improve as a result. By the sounds of it you are more or less on track. If you can play really well, that's what matters, even if you skipped essential pieces like the Bruch concerto.
Hi Lily - you mention Grade 8, so I'm sort of assuming you're from the UK. I also assume you're not getting great advice from your teacher, otherwise you'd not be here.
My son is roughly the same age (grade 8 in the US; just turned 14) and I would say he is pretty well on track. He has played the following "big pieces" - all movements - for your comparison: Mozart 3-4-5, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Lalo, Wieniawski 2, Zigeunerweisen, Intro and Rondo Capriccioso, Bach Partitas 2 and 3 and Sonata 1, and several Paganini Caprices (easier ones). He's currently learning Saint-Saens. Because he is young, his teacher is keeping him at this level of rep until HS and then he can start the really big pieces. :)
One question hasn't been answered yet - the amount of practice time necessary...
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