I honestly think Emilie might be a better violinist than Lindsey Stirling. It’s just a shame EA cares more about the show than the music, and we’re not likely to see anything approaching Lindsey’s level from her anytime soon.
EA *is* a better violinist than Stirling.
Alright “was”, but I’d say most likely (arguably) was. Stirling didn’t get into Indiana University as a music major (which is no small feat, as that’s a really good program). Stirling was never a music major (as far as I know, am willing to be corrected), and so didn’t get near the training EA did.
Stirling studied violin privately for 12 years, though. I can’t say as I agree with the idea that being a music major is an indication of superior skill. I know people who got into my uni’s school of music (which is quite well-respected- it ranks just a few points below Indiana University on most measures) who are amazing, and I know people who are in it who aren’t at all amazing and I often wonder how they lucked into an acceptance. Besides that, EA didn’t actually graduate, did she? So she didn’t finish the program, and accordingly it’s doubtful that she really reaped any benefits from whatever training the program could have offered. We also don’t really know why she left. For all we know, it could have been that her skills just weren’t really up to snuff compared to other students. We can’t compare whether one is better than the other based on academic credentials. Perhaps if Stirling had applied to the program and wasn’t accepted, then a comparison could be made. But since that’s not the case…unless someone’s got some in-depth info about Stirling’s instruction and EA’s, a comparison on their training can’t be made.
I mean, I don’t really care who’s better. I like a few tracks off Unlaced, I like most of Stirling’s material. Stirling still actively plays, EA doesn’t (at least not as part of her career, which is kind of where it matters for fans…which is also why I wonder why people keep confessing things like this, about who’s better than who. what’s it matter? we haven’t seen new violin material out of EA in ages. we haven’t even seen old violin material from her in ages). Stirling’s incorporation of dance in her performances might be deemed ‘gimmicky’, but so is EA’s…everything. *shrug*