The Prodigy, The Bottle, And The Principal

Detroit Symphony principal cellist Robert DeMaine was a prodigy who fell from grace before Climbing back to become a star. “In hindsight, he understands that his stage fright was the byproduct of feeling unprepared, which was the outgrowth of the impossibly high standards he set for himself and a crippling inferiority complex. Like many prodigies, he never learned how to practice and found himself stymied when his natural skills began to plateau.”