Curriculum vitae


PhD in Music Psychology; Department of Education, University of Roehampton, London (UK),
Thesis title:Exploring performance anxiety in classically trained musicians in relation to perfectionism, self-concept and interpersonal influences.
2017 – present: “The Care of Musical Work Capacity”, non-accredited teacher training program lead by Dr. Zsuzsa Pásztor, The Kovács Method Center, Budapest (HU).
2016: Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP Academy Hungary, 160-hour NLP Practitioner Training (HU).
2013: PgDip Social Research Methods, Roehampton University, London (UK).
2005: MA Communication and Media Studies, University of Szeged (HU).



  • Mixed-methods research designs
  • In-depths & semi-structured interviewing, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)
  • Statistical analysis (e.g. factor, cluster, multiple & hierarchical regression, ANOVA/MANOVA) using Statistical Packages for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
  • Self-determination theory & the basic psychological needs, Positive Psychology, self-esteem, positive self-concept/self-compassion, self-efficacy, psycho-social factors of learning and musical development, perfectionism, music performance anxiety, musicians’ psychological well-being & peak performances, the impact of teachers in educational settings

2013, 2015, 2018    Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE) Conference Award (UK).
2016    Visiting scholar at the Doctoral School of Pedagogy, Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences; Scholarship provided by the Tempus Public Foundation (HU).
2014    The Charles Wesley Award; Awarded for the exceptional contribution to the musical life at the University of Roehampton (UK).
2013    Roehampton Music Scholarship, University of Roehampton (UK).
2011    PhD bursary, Roehampton University, London (UK).
2010    Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pirkanmaa Regional Fund, Artist in Residence program at Arteles Creative Center (FI).


Educational activity

List of select PUBLIC LECTURES / non-academic WRITING

8/2017               Television appearance: public lecture ‘The psychology of perfectionism’ presented at the Hungarian National Television programme ‘Mindenki Akadémiája’ (Everybody’s Academy), Budapest (HU).

6/2017                 “Developing the development: Are successful employees backed up by a successful leader?” (Üzlet és Pszichológia ‘Business & Psychology’ journal, HU).

04/2017             Invited lecture: ‘Perfectionism. Stage fright. What makes your work effective?’ presented at the XXI. Pszinapszis, Budapest Psychology Days (HU).

4/2012               Grammar and Ethnomusicology adviser for the Hungarian folk tune collection book ‘Hungarian Fiddle Tunes’ by Chris Haigh, published by Schott Music 2012 (UK).

03/2009             Review and contribution to the book chapter ‘Folk violin of Hungary’ in The Fiddle Handbook by Chris Haigh; published at Backbeat Books 2009 (UK).

Other professional engagements:
2009 – 2014                Music teacher, Lambeth Music Service, London (UK).
2004 – 2006               Folk dance accompanist (lead violinist) & Hungarian folk violin teacher; Szeged Folk Dance Group and Dr. Martin György Art School (HU).

* Emese plays the violin since her childhood, and recently started playing the viola and sings. She also creates improvisation-based music.


Research topics


Bonneville-Roussy, A., Hruska, E., & Trower, H. (under review). Teaching music to support students: How autonomy-supportive music teachers increase students’ well-being.

Hruska, E., Hargreaves, D. J., & Bonneville-Roussy, A. (under review). Perceived influences on musicians’ development: The role of parental relationships.

Hruska, E & Bonneville-Roussy, A. (book chapter in preparation). Personality and individual differences. In McPherson, G. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Music Performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



 “Can high standards really cause anxiety? Examining classical musicians’ perfectionism in relation to their levels of music performance anxiety”; 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition & 10th triennial conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music; 24-28 July 2018 Graz (AT).

Exploring musicians’ positive self-evaluations in relation to their perfectionism”; 9th European Conference on Positive Psychology; 27-30 June 2018, Budapest (HU).

“Towards virtuosity: Which mental and emotional functions lead to musical excellence?”; Virtuosity – Interdisciplinary Symposium, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, 3-6 March, Budapest (HU).

“Musicians’ reflections of own musical development and causes of performance anxiety”; Triennal Reflective Conservatoire Conference, Guildhall, School of Music and Drama, 26 February – Sunday 1 March 2015, London (UK).

Emerging findings of the first phase of PhD research ‘Musicians and Perfectionism’; SEMPRE Conference ‘Music and Empathy’, November 2013, University of Hull (UK).