So what kind of musician are you, anyway?

So what kind of musician are you, anyway?


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2017

A passing conversational remark triggered this contemporary thought: have our performer prototypes ever been so clear-cut.

If you’re a violinist, for instance, are you a

 or a ?

For cellists, are you hair

 or thair ?

And while on hirsuteness, maestro mops:

 or  ?

Which are you?

What kind of pianist are you?

 or ?

As for managers….

 or  ?

Your call.


  • Ricardo says:

    I’m a violinist and neither of the suggestions apply to me

  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Was this just an excuse to publish a picture of Mirga?

  • Bruce says:

    Flute player here, so none of any of the above.

  • Simon Scott says:

    Where’s Nicolo Paganini?

    • Furzwängler says:

      Where’s Hector Berlioz?

    • Bruce says:

      Reminds me of the story, I can’t remember who said this, but it was back in the 1940’s or 50’s. “We’ve got Kreisler, Heifetz, Elman, Milstein, [etc. etc.], and the only one who looks like a violinist is Einstein.”