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Adam Behan

Adam Behan
Cambridge, CB2 1RD


Adam Behan is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor John Rink and adviser Dr. Mine Doğantan-Dack. His research interests lie in the field of musical performance studies; much of his work stems from the CHARM (Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music, and CMPCP (Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, traditions of researching musical performance. His doctoral research expands upon these interests and seeks to bring empirical approaches to recordings into dialogue with some of the values of more recent approaches to researching performance (sociocultural, ethnographic and practice-led, among others) through a study of the individual performing style of the Russian pianist Maria Yudina—or what might be called her ‘artistic voice'. He is also keenly interested in the relationship between scholarship and musical performance more broadly, i.e. what the purposes and consequences of this relationship are, and how performance and scholarship might interact usefully going forward.

He has given papers at conferences in Bangor (Wales), Cork (Ireland), Graz (Austria) and Surrey (England). He has presented on issues of performance in Glenn Gould's Bach and Herbert von Karajan's Schumann. He has also explored political meaning in performances of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, and the relationship between performance and structure in the music of Brahms. He was on the organising committee for the one-day conference ‘The Classical Musician in the 21st Century’ - held at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge in May 2019 - and was recently elected to the Faculty of Music Colloquium Committee for 2019-2020.

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

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