article by Daniel Kurganov, about how he started playing the violin when he was 16 years old. Now a professional violinist, he wrote the story on the occasion of releasing a new album out called Rhythm and the Borrowed Past.Recently I read an
Goodness, what a late starter!
But then last night, after performing in a Pasadena Symphony concert (yay, live music again!), I met a violist who started at age 80 - I'm not kidding! Now, at age 89, he plays quartets and is in a small ensemble. Wow!
Who's a late starter now?
On the other end of it, earlier in the week I interviewed the fine young violinist Maria Ioudenich, who started violin at the age of three and, hitting the competition circuit at age 25, said she felt quite "ancient" compared to other competitors!
It's all relative, isn't it?
I started at age almost-nine (just days before my birthday), and at the time I gave no thought to my age. But as a Suzuki teacher who regularly starts beginners as young as four or five, I sometimes think of myself as somewhat of a "later starter"!
But I've also been teaching and playing for long enough to understand that other factors can matter a lot more than starting age, for example: commitment level, devotion to practice, and motivation.
Still, I think it's fun to talk about when we all started and why. How old were you when you started? How do you think your starting age played into those other factors like practicing and motivation? Did you need parental guidance, or was your playing self-driven? Please participated in the vote and then share your thoughts!
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