We all know the phrase 'jack of all trades, master of none', but does it apply to music?
People keep telling me that I can't be a Classical musician and a folk musician. But what I want to know is why?
From my own experience I know that when I have been practicing my Mozart concerto or doing lots of scales... Guess what? Surprise surprise my Folk playing is better. And when I've been doing a lot of folk my pitching and tone is better and my music is more musical and exciting!
IT IS ALL MUSIC! More importantly it is all playing the violin. I believe that experimenting in different disciplines actually helps your playing in other genres. Of course there is a balance... No one wants a Mozart concerto with lots of folky twiddles or a cadenza that is... A little bit too adventurous harmonically (no matter how much we love Giles Apap http://youtu.be/lHTtES2qLhM if you haven't seen it).
But if you do it well and professionally I don't see why different musical styles can't co-exist, you might even find that there's some room for crossover fusiony stuff
Leaves of different colours are all still leaves after all and music is music.
Let me know what you think!