AGB Young Investigator Award

2020 Award Winner

Anna Détári, MA, MSc(Hons), BA(Hons), PhD Candidate

Anna Détári holds her Bachelor and first Master’s degree from flute performance from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest and the University of Pecs, Hungary. She took part in masterclasses with Aurele Nicolet, Andras Adorjan and Istvan Matuz. After graduation, she worked as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician as well as a flute teacher and wind band conductor. She was the member of the Hungarian National Operetta Theatre’s orchestra for four years, and led a successful freelancing career, focusing primarily on contemporary music. She played the first performances of many solo flute and chamber pieces and took part in masterclasses led by GyorgyKurtag and Laszlo Sary.

In 2010 she suffered from Musician’s Focal Dystonia (MFD), which made her unable to play her instrument. After four years of experimenting, she managed to retrain herself returned to her musical career. Soon she started to help other MFD sufferers to regain their former ability. The experience turned her interest towards music psychology, and she wished to conduct in-depth research on the condition.

In 2017 she got accepted to the Royal College of Music (London, UK)and completed an MSc in Performance Psychology with distinction. She continued her research as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of York(UK),focusing on the role of psychological, environmental, and behavioural factors in the onset of MFD.

Anna’s research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom and the Music Department at the University of York. 

Plan to attend the symposium where Anna will present her award winning submission Non-motor Symptoms in Musician's Focal Dystonia - Types, Prevalence, and Treatment on Saturday, June 20 at 8:45 am.


Past Winners

This prestigious award was originally known as the Young Investigator Award; the name was changed in 1994 to the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award.

2019 - Chelsea Shanoff, BMus, MM: "Playing-Related Injuries and Posture Among Saxophonists"

2018 - Dirk Möller, Dipl Sportwiss, PT: "The Potential Relevance of Altered Muscle Activity and Fatigue in the Development of Performance-related Musculoskeletal Injuries in Upper Musicians"

2017 - Vera Baadjou, MD: "Playing the Clarinet: Influence of Body Posture on Muscle Activity and Sound Quality"

2016 - J. Matt McCrary, BS, BFA: "Effects of Physical Symptoms on Muscle Activity Levels in Skilled Violinists"

2015 - {No Award}

2014 - Cliffton Chan, BSPT, GDMusic PhD: "The Effect of a Musicians’ Exercise Intervention on Performance-related Musculoskeletal Disorders"

2013 - Melissa Hatheway, Music Education undergraduate: "Epidemiologic Survey of College Student-Musicians Participating in Marching Band"

2012 - Dale Rickert, Bmus: "A Study of Right Shoulder Injury in Collegiate and Professional Orchestral Cellists: An Investigation Using Questionnaires and Physical Assessment"

2011 - Christine A. Guptill, BMus, MS(OT), PhD: "The Lived Experience of Professional Musicians with Playing-Related Injuries"

2010 - Sonia Ranelli, BSc: "Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Problems in Children Learning Instrumental Music – The Association Between Problem Location and Gender, Age and Music Exposure Factors"

2009 – {No award]

2008 – Michiko Yoshie, MS, et al: “Effects of Performance Evaluation on State anxiety, Electromyographic Activity, and Performance Quality in Pianists”

2007 – Antonio M. Abréu-Ramos, MD: “Lifetime Prevalence of Upper Body Musculoskeletal Problems in a Professional-Level Symphony Orchestra: Age, Gender, and Instrument-Specific Results”

2006 – Anke Steinmetz, Dr.Med: “Craniomandibular Dysfunction and Violin Playing: Prevalence and the Influence of Oral Splints on Head and Neck Muscles in Violinists” 

2005 – [No award]

2004 – Douglas Owens, DA: “Sound Pressure Levels Experienced by the High School Band Director”

2003 – Staci Renee Miller, BM, MM: “The Multi-dimensional Anxiety Theory”

2002 – Karendra Devroop, PhD: “Comparisonof Biomechanical Forces Generated During Trumpet Performance in Contrasting Settings”

2001 – Anthony Luke, MD, MPH, CCFP; Susan Kinney, PT; Pierre D’Hemecourt, MD; et al: “Determinants of Injuries inYoung Dancers”

2000 – Margaret A. Barnes, MA: “Knee Rotation in Classical Dancers During the Grand Plié”

1999 – Patrick Wenning, MPT; Dennis O’Connell, PhD, PT: “Plantar Stresses Induced by Inclined Surfaces While Standing: A Pilot Study”

1998 – Charlene Ryan, MMus: “Exploring Musical Performance Anxiety in Children”

1997 – Marla A.O. Okner, MM: “Chin Rest Pressure in Violin Playing: Musical Repertoire, Chin Rests, and Shoulder Pads as Possible Mediators”

1996 – Kara Lisa Hagglund, MM, OT: “A Comparison of the Physical and Mental Practices of Music Students from the New England Conservatory and Boston University Music School”

1995 – David Shoup, DO: “Survey of Performance Related Problems Among High School and Junior High School Musicians”

1994 – Warren Brodsky, MCAT; John A.Sloboda, PhD; Mitchell Waterman, BSc: “An Exploratory Investigation into AuditoryStyle as a Correlate and Predictor of Music Performance Anxiety”

1993 – Jan Henderson, MD, OTR; Scott E. Brown, MD; Steve Price, BS; Nancy Darr, MS, PT: “Foot Pressures During a Common Ballet Jump Standing & Supine”

1992 – Charles E. Levy, MD: “ElectromyographicAnalysis of Muscular Activity in the Upper Extremity Generated by Supporting a Violin With and Without a Shoulder Rest”

1991 – In-Seol Chung, MD; Jaiyoung Ryu, MD; Nobuki Ohnishi, MD; Bruce Rowen, BS; Kristine Glass, BA; Jeff Headrich: “Wrist Motion Analysis in Pianists”

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