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Anna Detari

Anna holds her Bachelor and first Masters degree in flute performance from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and the University of Pecs. She led a successful freelancer career until 2010 when she suffered from Musician’s Focal Dystonia (MFD), a task-specific neurological movement disorder, which sabotaged her playing ability. Her recovery process turned her interest towards music psychology, and she attended a Performance Psychology MSc course at the Royal College of Music, which she finished with distinction in 2018. The same year, she started her PhD at the University of York under the supervision of Hauke Egermann, focusing on psychosocial, psychological, and behavioural factors contributing to the onset of MFD.  

She presented her research at various conferences, including the 4th International Congress on Treatment of Dystonia in Hannover, Germany, the International Symposium on Performance Science in Melbourne, Australia and in Montreal, Canada, the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s International Symposium and the ICPMC-ESCOM21 conference. Her research was awarded by the ESCOM Best Contribution prize at the International Conference of Students in Systematic Musicology in 2019, and the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award in 2020, and she won the PhD Spotlight competition at the University of York in 2019 for communicating her research to lay audiences and public engagement. 

Anna’s research is funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities and the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at the University of York. 

In the 2022/23 academic year, she continues her research at the University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre.


Détári, A., & Nilssen, T. M. (2022). Exploring the impact of the somatic method ‘Timani’ on performance quality, performance-related pain and injury, and self-efficacy in music students in Norway: An intervention study. Frontiers in Psychology, 258.

Détári, A., Egermann, H., Bjerkeset, O., & Vaag, J. (2020). Psychosocial work environment among musicians and in the general workforce in Norway. Frontiers in Psychology, 1315.

Détári, A., Clark, T., & Egermann, H. (2022). Musician’s Focal Dystonia: A mere neurological disorder? The role of non-organic factors in the onset of Musician’s Focal Dystonia: an exploratory Grounded Theory study. International Journal of Music, Health and Wellbeing, Spring/Summer, ISSN 2515-981X

Détári, A., & Egermann, H. (2022). Towards a holistic understanding of Musician's Focal Dystonia: Educational factors and mistake rumination contribute to the risk of developing the disorder. Frontiers in Psychology, Article 2298. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.882966

Détári, A., & Egermann, H. (2022) Musician’s Focal Dystonia – the practitioner’s perspective on psychological, psychosocial, and behavioural risk factors, and non-motor symptoms. Medical Problems of Performing Artists,37(3), 200-207.