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Adam Behan


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 themes 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.

I've recently given several performance-related papers at conferences in Graz, Cork and Surrey, some of which form the basis of upcoming publications. 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). In 2019-2020, I was a member of the Faculty of Music Research Colloquium Committee.

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


In 2020-21, I supervise on the following courses:

•    IA Music and Musicology Today

•    IB Introduction to Performance Studies


Key Publications

•    ‘Large-Scale Structure, Performance and Brahms’s Op. 119 No. 2’, Music Analysis (In Press: Forthcoming, 2021).

•    ‘The Historiography of the Twentieth-Century Classical Performer: Life, Work, Artistry’, Twentieth-Century Music (In Press: Forthcoming, 2021).