Elephone wrote:Did you know that only a tiny percentage of classical pianists at top music schools actually make it? Imagine all that practicing?! That said, most of those who fail could probably blow some minds up close, so I don't know what they end up doing, maybe teaching(?)
In one particular case, a student was told to concentrate on his clarinet playing as he'd never make the grade to be a concert pianist. He went on to play for Cat Stevens, David Bowie, The Strawbs, Yes, have solo success ... and all it took was an aversion to barbers and a spangly cape!