Northwestern University viola professor Helen Callus describes the combination of skills necessary to succeed as a musician – talent being just one in a mixture of abilities
Being successful at anything takes a combination of skills and abilities, some of which are not as apparent as we might think and some not as significant as we might expect.
Obviously without musical talent nothing is possible. However, over the years I have noticed that even those with the greatest talent are often times overtaken by those with a broader combination of skills. There is a mixture of abilities that seems to lend itself to success and musical talent is only one part of that equation.