The aim of this PhD project is to question the current western classical concert performance culture with particular interest in how it shapes the psychological experience of performance from the perspective of the individual musician. This aim can be further defined through the following research questions:
How can I better understand the psychological impact that the traditions and ceremonies of classical music has on my performance?
Departing from my own practice, what are the relevant factors that impose an emotional effect on my performance?
How can experimentation with the traditions of performance culture in classical music provide different modes of emotional regulation in staged performance?