Fighting the Oppression of the Violin

A Progress Report from the Reckless Violinist

Photo Illustration by Rebecca Raney

This month, I remembered why I would have never succeeded as a professional violinist.

During my teens, I was plagued by the sight of a competitor named K. — a prodigy who had studied with my teacher since she was 3. Like a Holy Sister, she spent every waking moment with her thoughts cast on a singular devotion. In her case…