This question could be a little bit too general, but I've noticed that there are some great violinists who peaked at an early age.
I listened to some earlier recordings of people like Menuhin, and Midori, Joshua Bell, and compared them to their later performances. It seemed to me that these violinists did not just stop improving, but they seemed to regress and break down in many ways(in terms of technique/musicality).
Granted, there are many cases where the musician was exceptional when young and is still exceptional(Yo Yo Ma, HH). However, If skill at an instrument is supposed to be progressive and gradual, then why does this phenomenon occur at all?
edit: thanks for fixing the title Laurie!
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