age for Classical musicians

PBS special on Monday night featured this quote from famed conductor, James Conlon.

"There is no age for performers in classical music" (paraphrased as I don't remember it exactly)

The idea that classical musicians bring music to life based on ability.not age is quite compelling to me. This really is different from experience and explains why young artists can provide such compelling performances without experience. The experience plays into other factors. Maybe the parallel is closely aligned to sports.

Music has a complexity to it, requiring ability, but the age of the performer is not really relevant..or is it...


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