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Things to do with a music degree (1): Become a neurosurgeon

February 10, 2018 by norman lebrecht

7 comments.


Fascinating story on violinist.com about David John Yeh, who won his first degree in violin performance at the University of New Orleans, before retaining as a brain and spinal surgeon.

And, yes: he still plays.

Read here.


Comments (7)

  1. esfir ross says:

    Gerald Moore wrote: “Being a pianist’s very difficult. If you something easier-become a brain surgeon”

    1. Sue says:

      Well, many who contribute here are Rocket Scientists so why not!!!

  2. Ruben Greenberg says:

    I knew a neuro-surgeon who was fond of saying: “I’m an amateur violinist and a professional neuro-surgeon and it’s just as well it’s not the other way around.”

  3. Petros Linardos says:

    Alan Greenspan studied for a year the clarinet at (the reguarly bashed here) Julliard.

    1. Jim says:

      We’d all be better off if he’d stuck with the clarinet.

  4. Jeanne Swack says:

    My brain surgeon plays the violin. I thought of that as a bonus.

  5. Sharon says:

    Neurosurgery requires extremely delicate and precise fingerwork. Violin and/or piano training might be the perfect prerequisite!


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