Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How to Become a Concert Violin Soloist

Concert violinist soloists begin their careers in conservatories and orchestras, where they gain the experience necessary to interpret music and garner a reputation for themselves. Becoming a soloist requires a strong commitment, the perseverance to audition for performing opportunities and the ability to persist through harsh criticism and failed audition attempts. Once you have studied and developed the skill to play the violin at a high level, you will then need to go out and find other performers to work with and build your reputation as a violinist.

Step 1

Talk with your private instructor about your goals to be a concert violinist and ask for opportunities that will put you in the spotlight to gain experience early on. Play as often as possible, even if it is for free. The more people see you, the more likely you will be asked to fill in at a local orchestra or concert hall.

Step 2

Advertise your playing services at local universities, churches, community centers, grocery stores and hotels. Inform people that you are willing to play for parties and celebrations. State on your flyers that you are willing to perform and record commissions for composers. Composers are always in need of new performers who are willing to record and perform original works for reasonable pay.

Step 3

Apply for internships with orchestras, conservatories and music festivals. Most of the music festivals are offered over the summer, so prepare your audition music ahead of time. If you can't obtain an internship, attend a music summer camp, such as Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. These camps provide you with valuable experiences and make it possible for you to perform and network with professionals in the field.

Step 4

Join professional organizations such as American String Teachers Association. Organizations will make it possible for you to enter contests, find support, engage in discussions at conventions and network with performers, conductors and composers.

Step 5

Audition for orchestras to help support your solo and ensemble career. As you make a name for yourself in an orchestra, you will begin to make connections and find new opportunities to perform as a concert violinist.