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Adam Behan


I hold degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge. My research interests encompass performance and cultural/social meaning, performance analysis, creativity and creative processes, and individual artistry—cutting across western classical and popular music traditions in the twentieth century. Many of these come into play in my PhD project, which focuses on the recordings of Russian pianist Maria Yudina and her artistry. I am supervised by Prof. John Rink and advised by Dr. Mine Doğantan-Dack.

I've recently given several performance-related papers at conferences in Graz, Cork and Surrey on political meaning in Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and on the recordings of Glenn Gould and Herbert von Karajan. If you want to read more about any of these, you can do so on my Academia page. In 2019, I co-organised an RMA Study Day entitled ‘The Classical Musician in the 21st Century’ at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge (you can read a report on it here). I am a member of the Faculty of Music Research Colloquium Committee for 2019-2020, and also teach on the 'Part IB: Introduction to Performance Studies' paper in the faculty.

My studies at Cambridge are funded by a Peterhouse Graduate Studentship.

BA in Music and History (Joint Honours), Trinity College Dublin, 2012-2016. 
MPhil in Music Studies, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, 2017-2018.
PhD in Music, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, 2018-present.