Named Principal Cellist of the DSO in 2002, Robert deMaine has been praised by The New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note.” He has distinguished himself as one of the finest musicians of his generation, having performed to critical acclaim throughout the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Born into a musical family of French and Polish extraction, deMaine began musical studies at the age of four with his mother and sister, both accomplished cellists. He made his solo debut at 10 with the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra, followed by his first full-length recital.

In addition to fellowship study at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music where he studied composition, conducting, and piano as well as modern and baroque cello performance and literature, deMaine trained at the legendary Meadowmount School in New York and is an alumnus of the Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California. At age 12, deMaine became one of the last private students accepted by the eminent cellist and pedagogue Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division.

deMaine is the first prize-winner of several major international competitions, most notably the 1990 Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings in San Francisco (the first cellist ever to win this competition), as well as winning first prizes in major competitions in New York, St. Louis and Chicago. He was named Outstanding Classical Instrumentalist for 2004 by the Detroit Music Awards and received the Premio Sipario di Milano for Excellence in Classical Solo Performance. He was also awarded a career grant from the Helen M. Saunders Foundation.

deMaine is a frequent guest artist at music festivals throughout the world, including Aspen, Eastern, Heidelberg (Germany), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Norfolk, Seattle, Steamboat Springs, Armstrong Chamber Concerts, Utah, Great Lakes, and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, also performing with Music from Marlboro in New York and Washington, D.C.

A much sought-after teacher, deMaine presents clinics and master classes regularly, and has been an adjudicator of several music competitions. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at the Wayne State University Department of Music, the University of Michigan School of Music, and on the faculty of the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. He is also is the Artistic Director of the Garden Park Chamber Music Concerts and Festival in Holly, Michigan.

His instrument is a Neapolitan cello, ca. 1780, by Joannes Gagliano, and his bows were made by the French makers François-Nicolas Voirin, Paris, 1870 and Nicolas Maire, Mirecourt, 1850.

deMaine lives in Grosse Pointe Farms with his wife, Betsy and their son, Paul. His other interests are foreign language, reading, history and genealogy, true crime and satire, writing poetry, word games, watching the Detroit sports teams, doing impersonations and riding his stationary bike in his basement while watching HBO specials, such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Da Ali G Show. His favorite musician of all time is the late French cellist, Pierre Fournier, whose entire discography he possesses, including several autographed photos and albums. He also has a large collection of cellos and bows both antique and modern.
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