“If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.” Robert Schumann, pianist-composer
Schumann had the right idea. Throughout history, the orchestra has supported innumerable musicians of considerable talent. Many orchestral players have gone ahead to forge great music careers after leaving the orchestra. Those players included Israel Baker, Max Bendix, Elias Breeskin, Pablo Casals, Carmine Coppola, Joseph Joachim, Louis Spohr, Heimo Haitto, Frank Miller, Charles Munch, Eugene Ormandy, Arturo Toscanini, Mischa Elman, Zino Francescatti, Leonard Rose, Joseph Fuchs, Milton Katims, William Primrose, Josef Gingold, Daniel Guilet, Alan Gilbert, Felix Galimir, Frank Miller, Mischa Mischakoff, Louis Persinger, Andor Toth, Oscar Shumsky, Peter Stolyarski, Theodore Thomas, Emanuel Vardi, and Eugene Ysaye. You never know if you'll be sharing a stand with the next Mischa Elman, Alan Gilbert, or Arturo Toscanini.